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Legally, need to disclose?

This page contains a flowchart that can help you to work out whether to you legally need to disclose when applying for work or volunteer positions. It’s part of our information on disclosing to employers.

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Footnotes in the flowchart

  1. However, it’s worth considering this practical situation a bit further. See our ‘to disclose or not to disclose’ information.
  2. See our separate information on how to work out whether your offences are ‘spent’. You can also visit
  3. However, these roles are more likely to still do a ‘check’ later in the recruitment process. See our ‘to disclose or not to disclose’ information.
  4. See our separate information on how to establish whether something will be ‘filtered’ by the DBS.


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