Mental health in DBS checks – new guidance

Official guidance has been issued to police forces to exclude irrelevant or partial information on mental health issues being included in disclosures to potential employers, under DBS checks.

A People Management article gives more details, and suggests that although this will be welcome to those who have suffered mental health crises, it may cause difficulties for employers hiring employees to work with vulnerable groups. While DBS searches will still provide employers with the information necessary to protect vulnerable groups, police may not understand what is “necessary” for a particular client base.

Home Office publication: ‘Statutory Disclosure Guidance‘.