A change to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which came into force on 29 May 2013, means that certain old and minor reprimands, warnings, cautions and convictions are deemed to be ‘protected’ and no longer need to be disclosed. The Order amending the Act outlines the offences that are ‘protected’ and which no longer need to be declared. All cautions and convictions for serious violent and sexual offences, and other offences of relevance for posts concerned with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and all convictions that result in a custodial sentence, will remain subject to disclosure as will all convictions where an individual has more than one conviction recorded.


(Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013; and Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records Certificate: Relevant Matters)  (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013)


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Certain old and minor reprimands, warnings, cautions and convictions deemed to be ‘protected’ (see DBS website) do not need to be disclosed. You must declare all other previous convictions regardless of the sentence you were given, and any police or court decision taken against you in any country, whatever the terminology used to described it. Also, any pending criminal proceedings against you in which you have been formally charged; any caution, reprimand, bind over, final warning, or fines or bans for road traffic offences, you have received.