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Concealing a caution


I was a bit of an idiot and ended up with a caution after a run-in with the police. Will employers be able to check for this?


It depends on whether your job requires a check with the The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

A caution is not a criminal conviction, but it does go on your criminal record held on the Police National Computer (PNC), and will therefore come up in a DBS check.

Certain jobs, such as teaching or other positions where you may work with children or vulnerable adults, will require a DBS check. There are two types of DBS checks: standard and enhanced. A standard check discloses spent convictions, unspent convictions, cautions and warnings, and an enhanced check will also include other relevant information held locally by the police.

Therefore, whether your employer can check for it comes down to: who you are working for; the police force that gave you the caution and what offence the caution relates to. You don't have to declare it for standard employment but employers that run DBS checks will see it until the police decide to remove it.

If you feel your caution will affect your chances of getting the job, it's best to be honest from the start. 

For further help and information you can talk to someone face to face at your local Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB).

Updated: 29/01/2013

Question answered by CAB

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