H&S Law Info

Criminal record history checks: information for applicants

You are applying for a position which involves working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults or is a position of trust.   Wigan Council has decided that this post meet the requirements for a criminal record history check (DBS check, previously called a CRB check) under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended in 2013).

You are required to declare within your application whether you have any convictions (including spent convictions), cautions, reprimands or final warnings which would not be filtered in line with the guidance, and the details.

This means you must declare the following:

• Cautions given less than 6 years ago (if you were over 18 at the time of caution)
• Cautions given less than 2 years ago (if you were under 18 at the time of caution)
• If you have more than one conviction, all convictions must be declared (all convictions will appear on the DBS certificate, no conviction will be filtered)
• Convictions that resulted in a custodial sentence (regardless of whether served)
• Convictions given less than 11 years ago (if you were over 18 at the time of conviction)
• Convictions given less than 5.5 years ago (if you were under 18 at the time of conviction)
• Cautions and convictions relating to an offence from the list agreed by Parliament. This list includes a range of offences which are serious and which relate to sexual offending, violent offending and/or safeguarding.   For more information please see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-list-of-offences-that-will-never-be-filtered-from-a-criminal-record-check

Any failure to disclose the appropriate information could result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment, dismissal or disciplinary action by the organisation.   The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by the recruiting manager until after an offer of employment has been...