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Changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service go live

Makbool Javaid
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The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have launched a new online facility for those who need a basic disclosure check for a job in England and Wales. Those are applying to the DBS can now use the new online application or, alternatively, use a ‘Responsible Organisation’ – a third party registered with DBS – to submit checks on their behalf. The check will only show convictions that aren’t ‘spent’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, it costs £25 and the applicant must be 16 or over.


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