We have successfully prevented a client from being placed on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) children’s barred list.
The DBS had commenced an investigation into whether to bar our client. They had taken an initial view that it may be appropriate to place the client on the barred list.
The DBS barring investigation had been instigated when the client had applied for a DBS check, which disclosed a caution for a sexual offence some years before.
Once the DBS had been notified of the caution, their investigators decided to commence their barring process.
Once instructed, we gathered together all the relevant evidence in the case from a variety of sources.
We instructed an expert witness to provide a report on our client, looking at relevant factors which would be taken into consideration by the DBS in making their decision.
Although the original allegation had been some time ago, we were able to piece together the file, which showed the allegation in its true context, rather than the highly prejudicial manner in which it was presented by the police.
Once we submitted our representations to the DBS, we followed up our application periodically, to ensure matters were progressed in a timely fashion, and so that our client did not have an undue delay waiting for the outcome.
Within 8 weeks, the DBS notified us that they would not be barring the client.
Along with challenging DSB barring decisions, we are also expert in defending against unfairly issued DBS certificates, in particular challenging information disclosed on enhanced DBS certificates.
We are also frequently instructed to apply for the expungement (deletion) of police issued criminal records, such as police cautions, PNDs, cannabis warnings and arrest records.
We have had many police cautions expunged from the Police National Computer (PNC) along with bio-metric data (fingerprints and DNA) and arrest records.
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