The volunteering work you are applying for is likely to require you to work closely and regularly with children
and, as such, it is a legal requirement to obtain an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service criminal record
check and barred list check (child). This information is necessary to safeguard this vulnerable group; it will be
detached from the application form prior to short-listing and will be kept confidentially.
The convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that you must disclose are regulated under the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) and it is your
responsibility to ascertain how you should answer the following questions. Answering ‘Yes’ will not necessarily
prevent an individual from becoming a volunteer with ABC to read but further checks and investigations will be
necessary on receipt of the DBS Disclosure.
The filtering rules and the list of offences that will never be filtered may be viewed online, using these
links, or are available on request from ABC to read’s office.
ABC to read aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential.
ABC to read welcomes applications from diverse candidates.
In respect of the questions it asks applicants, ABC to read meets the requirements of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
Owing to the nature of the activities involved in being a Volunteer Reading Mentor with ABC to read, all
applicants for this role will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service criminal record check
and barred list check (child) before any appointment is confirmed. This will include details of some
convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as regulated by the above Act.
ABC to read will ask all applicants to declare any relevant convictions, cautions, reprimands or final
warnings on the application form. Answering ‘Yes’ to this question will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining
a position with ABC to read. Making a false declaration on the DBS application form is a criminal offence.
Criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only when a conviction, etc is relevant.
Any matters revealed by a Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service will be discussed,
confidentially, with the applicant before making a final recruitment decision. For ABC to read, the final
decision rests with ABC to read’s Chief Operating and Development Officer, who may consult with the
Safeguarding Trustee. However, it will also be necessary for ABC to share relevant information,
confidentially, with the headteacher of a proposed host school.