4768Mental health background checks: new guidance issued by Home Office

New guidelines to be issued by the Home Office will make clear the factors that must be considered before mental health crises are disclosed in background checks made on people applying to work with vulnerable groups.

Police will be required to examine issues such as a person’s behaviour at the time and how long ago the crisis happened when assessing whether detention under the Mental Health Act should be included on criminal record certificates.

The instructions relate to disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks required for certain jobs and voluntary roles, including those that involve working with children.

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August 19, 2015 in News, Recruitment