DBS filtering rules changes live

Criminal record check

Changes to the DBS filtering rules went live on Saturday 28 November. 

The rule changes affect what appears on DBS certificates and what employers can legally ask applicants to disclosure of their criminal record during recruitment. Employers must update their recruitment processes and paperwork as soon as is reasonably practical. NHS Jobs will look to ensure the changes are reflected on their system from January.

NHS Employers has pulled together a page of available guidance to help employers understand the changes and their implications. This includes an updated criminal record check standard, model declaration forms as well as guidance from the DBS on the new filtering rules and guidance from Nacro and the Ministry of Justice on self-disclosure.

The page also explains the Supreme Court decision on criminal record disclosure which the changes are a result of. The changes remove barriers to employment for some people with historical criminal convictions which will help them to rehabilitate into society.

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