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Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks

Posts involving work with children and adults may require a Disclosure & Barring Service check.

The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences.  

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, you only have to declare unspent convictions. However, if the post for which you are applying is one which is an exception under this Act, you must give full details of everything on your criminal record. If this is the case it will be clearly indicated in the advert and job description.

It is an offence for a person who is on the DBS Children or Adults Barred Lists to seek to work/volunteer with these groups and we will report them to the relevant Authorities.

The criminal record information you are required to provide is not used for shortlisting purposes. However, if you are shortlisted for interview, your criminal record information will be discussed with you if the interview panel feel it is relevant to the job for which you are applying. Only the successful candidate will be asked to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check application form.

Criminal record information is dealt with in accordance with the Disclosure & Barring Service Code of Practice.

Further  information can be found at the Disclosure & Barring Services (DBS) website.

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Last updated: 18 August 2014

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