Do some jobs require full disclosure?

Applying for a job which involves a DBS (used to be called CRB) check? DBS checks pick up criminal convictions and criminal records. Most cautions will appear on a DBS check for 3 years if you were under 18 when cautioned and 6 years if you were over 18.

Some offences will remain on record, however. If you fall within any of the exceptions, then you will be required to disclose all your convictions, both spent and unspent. When you apply for an exempted job you should be told specifically that you are required to disclose both spent and unspent convictions.

The following is a list of many, but not all, jobs that require full disclosure of both spent and unspent convictions:

  • Jobs concerned with providing care services to vulnerable adults
  • Any position whose normal duties include work in a school, children’s home or children’s hospital
  • Taxi Driver
  • Working in the private security industry
  • Accountants
  • Dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • Directors, controllers or managers of insurance companies
  • Lawyers and legal executives
  • Medical practitioners
  • Nurses and Midwives
  • Optometrists and dispensing opticians
  • Pharmaceutical chemists and registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Police constables, cadets and police force employees and assistants
  • Registered, dieticians, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, speech and language therapists and clinical scientists
  • The employees of certain children’s charities
  • Traffic Officers
  • Traffic wardens
  • Veterinary surgeons

The majority of individuals with criminal records may lawfully engage in regulated activity, but as above, such roles will be subject to enhanced DBS checks. It will then be at the discretion of the employer to decide whether the applicant is suitable for the role.

What’s next?

What’s the point applying for jobs?

You can quickly identify your personal situation using the Table of Rehabilitation

The Disclosure & Barring Service website

This page was last updated on February 14th, 2014

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