Amendments to the criminal record check standard

Criminal record check

NHS Employers has updated the criminal record check standard to provide further clarity for employers.

The update includes detail on when an overseas police check is required from prospective employees and when employers should ask applicants to complete model declaration form B.

It also highlights a new resource, the positive disclosure discussions guide, which supports employers to follow best practice when an applicant has disclosed a previous criminal conviction. 

The criminal record check standard outlines the legal requirements when considering candidates for a position in the NHS that are eligible for a criminal record check. It provides guidance for employers on the different types of criminal record check and the level of DBS check suitable for a role.

Model declaration forms provide employers with a template form in which to gather information they are legally required to obtain during the recruitment process, when seeking self-declaration from applicants. Our guidance on seeking a self declaration from applicants, supports employers in understanding when and how to seek a self-declaration and the information that should be considered.

NHS Employers update guidance on the employment check standards on a periodic basis. Employers should ensure they are working from the most up to date guidance by regularly checking the website.

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