The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) ‘filter’ and remove protected convictions and cautions so that they are no longer disclosed on a DBS certificate (DBS check).

See DBS Filtering Guidelines for more information:

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-filtering-guidance/dbs-filtering-guide

The rules as to when a conviction or caution will be filtered are set out in legislation. This states that a certificate must include the following:

  • cautions relating to an offence from a list agreed by Parliament (see below)
  • cautions given less than 6 years ago (where individual 18 or over at the time of caution)
  • cautions given less than 2 years ago (where individual under 18 at the time of caution)
  • convictions relating to an offence from a prescribed list (see below)
  • where the individual has more than one conviction offence all convictions will be included on the certificate (no conviction will be filtered)
  • convictions that resulted in a custodial sentence (regardless of whether served)
  • convictions which did not result in a custodial sentence, given less than 11 years ago (where individual 18 or over at the time of conviction)
  • convictions which did not result in a custodial sentence, given less than 5.5 years ago (where individual under 18 at the time of conviction)

For a list of offences which will never be removed please visit the DBS website: 

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-list-of-offences-that-will-never-be-filtered-from-a-criminal-record-check

For help with removing information from a DBS Certificate please contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0300 0200190 to raise a dispute within 3 months of your certificate being issued. Alternatively, you can contact Unlock or NACRO who both can give advice to individuals.