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Changes to the Rehabilitation Offenders Act Exceptions Order 1975

The DBS have recently released some changes to the exceptions order which means there are now new positions and companies eligible for a DBS standard or enhanced check. These changes took effect from the 1st July 2014.

The new positions and companies that are now eligible include:

  • Chartered Legal Executives- (now include other CILEx authorised persons) and CILEx approved managers.
  • Special Guardians and those persons aged over 18 living in the same household as the special guardian.
  • The exceptions order has now been amended to include those persons authorised to deliver probation services, due to changes taking place across probation services.
  • Those working in an organisation where they have contact with children as a consequence of carrying out their duties or have access to sensitive or personal information about children such as:
  • Adoption Services or Agencies, including voluntary adoption services
  • Fostering Services or Agencies
  • Children’s homes or residential family centres


Moreover in September 2014 there will be a further announcement regarding exception changes with the creation of Childminder agencies.

These changes will require anyone who wishes to provide childcare on domestic premises to register with a childminder agency.

The changes also include enabling the Chief Inspector to carry out DBS checks on directors and other officers of the agency and also those employed by the agency.

Childminder agencies will also be able to carry out DBS checks on those working for the agency in a management role and those assessors who enter the homes of the childminder to assess the care and education provided by the childminder.


For more information regarding the new exceptions please speak to one of our advisors on 01254 355688

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