Applicants in England, Wales & Overseas applicants: Certificates will be issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Applicants in Scotland or Scottish applicants overseas: Certificates will be issued by Disclosure Scotland. It will contain details of convictions and conditional cautions that are considered to be unspent under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 aims to give those with convictions or cautions the chance – in certain circumstances – to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. Under the Act, eligible convictions or cautions become ‘spent’ after a specified period of time known as the ‘rehabilitation period’, the length of which varies depending on how the individual was dealt with.