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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks and Acquittals

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A DBS Checks provides employers with a certificate showing their employee’s (including volunteers) criminal records.  There are three levels of disclosure; basic, standard and enhanced.  Enhanced certificates are usually required for roles where work involves children or vulnerable adults, and includes details of convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings (relevant to the employment).  A recent court case (R v Chief Constable (CC) of Greater Manchester Police and another) has demonstrated that even if a person is acquitted of an offence, this can be included on disclosure certificates - especially when the offense involves serious violence or dishonesty – where employment (including volunteer roles) involves children and vulnerable adults.