DBS checks hinder rehabilitation

Supreme Court considering case that claims 'harsh' criminal record checks are preventing former offenders from moving on

DBS checks hinder rehabilitation

In today’s Guardian, Owen Bowcott considers a case before the Supreme Court, in which two ex-offenders claim that ‘harsh’ DBS checks are preventing them from moving on with their lives.

The requirement to reveal any former offences in a DBS check prevents former offenders, no matter what the circumstances, from working with children and vulnerable adults. In explaining the circumstances of her offence, one claimant has been forced to reveal confidential details about her medical history – leading to a Court of Appeal decision that this breached individuals’ right to private and family life under article 8 of the European convention on human rights.

For more information, please see the Guardian article by Owen Bowcott;

Information on the Unlock campaign to protest DBS checks;

Previous coverage of the case from the Guardian.