Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? Find out more.

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The problem

Despite the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, some employers flout the rules and seek to get a higher level of criminal record check that what they’re entitled to or take into account information they’re not entitled to. Very often, the DBS fail to prevent ineligible checks from being processed.


What we think needs to change

We believe that employers should have fair and inclusive policies and procedures that support the recruitment of people with convictions.

We are working on this issue as part of our fair access to employment project.


What we’re doing

As part of our fair access to employment project, we are challenging employers who breach the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act by carrying out unlawful criminal record checks or unlawfully take into account spent convictions. Find out more about this work on this page.


Latest news

See the bottom of this page for our latest posts about this issue.

You can also find below the latest from Twitter, using the hashtag #unlawfulcheck (although we cannot endorse what gets displayed here).


For more information

  1. Practical self-help information  – We have guidance on criminal record checks on our information site
  2. Personal experiences – We have posts relating to unlawful or ineligible checks on our online magazine, theRecord
  3. Discuss this issue – Share your views and experiences on our online forum
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