Do you have a criminal record?

If you’re thinking of coming to study at Essex, but you have a criminal conviction, or special conditions that may affect your attendance or timetable availability commitments, this doesn’t need to be a barrier to your future.

Get in touch with our wellbeing team so that we can discuss any issues you may be concerned about. It’s really important, from the outset, that you let us know if you think your DBS check may reveal details of a criminal record.

DBS check shows a criminal record

If you need a DBS check and it shows details of a criminal record that you have already told us about, we will decide whether you can proceed with your placement. This sometimes involves us discussing the issue with your potential placement provider to confirm they’re happy for you to proceed.

If, however, your DBS check shows details of a criminal record that you haven’t already told us about, we will need to investigate this in more detail.

If your course doesn't require a DBS check 

If you’ve applied to study with us and your course doesn’t require a mandatory DBS check, you may still want to tell us about a criminal record or offence when you apply. Our wellbeing team can discuss your specific circumstances with you and give you confidential advice and guidance.

Any previous conviction need not be an obstacle to you succeeding in your studies – as an Essex student, we believe you should have the opportunity to build a future based on your potential, whatever your background or previous circumstances.

Under supervision or on licence

We would encourage you to let us know of any conditions that may prevent you from fully engaging with your course – for example, if you’re under supervision or on licence. Please remember, a satisfactory result in both the DBS check and overseas check if applicable, is needed before you can start on any placement.

Removal of convictions from a DBS

Since 2013, the rules changed, and the DBS began filtering some older and minor convictions and cautions from DBS certificates issued from 29 May 2013. Read the Government’s latest filtering guidance.

Any questions?

You may have questions about the DBS check, perhaps involving some sensitivity. Our DBS team is on-hand to provide support and guidance, so please get in touch if you need some help.

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