How to manage a criminal records disclosure

Learn how to handle disclosures of criminal records information on a self-disclosure form or DBS check. Use our templates to help you discuss the issue with the candidate and assess their suitability for the role.

Last reviewed on 5 August 2022
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  1. When disclosures may happen
  2. What to do if a self-disclosure form shows a criminal record
  3. Determine whether you need to have a disclosure discussion
  4. How to conduct a disclosure discussion
  5. How to assess someone's criminal record
  6. Comparing a self-disclosure to a DBS check
  7. Making a decision

We developed the advice and resources in this article with UnlockForbes Solicitors and Fitzgerald HR. You can find out more about Unlock at the end of the article.

When disclosures may happen

There are 2 key points in the recruitment process when you may need to manage a criminal records disclosure:

  • When you collect self-disclosure forms from shortlisted candidates
  • When you process DBS checks after making a conditional offer

The guidance below explains how to manage a disclosure at each of these key points.

For more information on how to use self-disclosure forms and conduct your shortlisting exercise, see the following articles:

What to do if a self-disclosure form shows a criminal record

Just because someone discloses a criminal record doesn't mean you can't hire them. 

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