Campaigners have succeeded in their fight against the Disclosure and Barring Services check system, after challenging the law at the Court of Appeal.
Civil rights campaigners have claimed that the law is wrecking people’s lives and is a breach of human rights. This is in reaction to a man in Manchester being forced to admit to warnings received when he was 11.
The man, now 21 years old was ordered to twice disclose information that he was cautioned by Greater Manchester Police over the thefts of two bicycles ten years ago – once when applying for a part-time job at a football stadium and the other for a university sports degree.
The campaign group Liberty intervened in the case and successfully challenged the law. Parliament will now have to devise a new scheme.
The current system of DBS checks is governed by the Police Act 1997 and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 which states that both types of DBS checks must include information on all convictions and cautions. For certain types of employment, an employer may request an Enhanced or Standard Criminal Record Certificate.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “The protection of children and vulnerable groups must not be compromised.