New DBS guidance published removing the requirement for automatic disclosure of youth cautions, reprimands and warnings


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The DBS has published new guidance following changes to the criminal records disclosure regime removing the requirement for automatic disclosure of youth cautions, reprimands and warnings, as well as removing the "multiple conviction" rule.

Under the new regime, which will apply from 28 November 2020, there will no longer be a requirement for youth cautions, reprimands and warnings to be automatically disclosed on standard and enhanced DBS certificates.  The "multiple conviction" rule, requiring the automatic disclosure of all convictions where an individual has more than one conviction (regardless of the nature of the offence or sentence) will be removed.

As a result of these changes youth cautions and multiple convictions will no longer have to be disclosed when a person is asked about them, and will no longer be subject to mandatory disclosure in criminal records certificates.

It's worth noting that enhanced DBS certificates may include information relating to a protected caution or conviction if the police consider that it is relevant to the workforce that the individual intends to work in.
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