for better mental health

DBS checks and your mental health

Explains what a DBS check is, and what you can do if you are unhappy with the information held about you by the police, including information about your mental health.

Mind's services

  • Legal Line – provides legal information and general advice by phone or email. 
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services, such as talking therapies, peer support and advocacy, across England and Wales.

Find an advocate

To find advocacy services and groups in your area, you could call Mind's Legal Line or contact your local Mind.

If you're in hospital, you can also contact:

In some circumstances, you may be legally entitled to get the support of an advocate. See our page on your legal rights to advocacy for more information.

Other organisations

Disclosure and Barring Service

03000 200 190 (English)
03000 200 191 (Welsh)
03000 200 192 (Minicom)
gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
The Disclosure and Barring Service is the public agency responsible for processing requests for criminal record checks. They run a helpline for questions about DBS checks.

Independent Monitor

The Independent Monitor is an independent body responsible for reviewing disputes from applicants regarding local police information disclosed on enhanced DBS Certificates.You can get in touch with them by emailing [email protected]

Law Society

lawsociety.org.uk
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.

Unlock

01634 247 350
07824 113 848 (Text or WhatsApp)
unlock.org.uk
Unlock is a charity that supports with convictions who face challenges because of their criminal record. They have online information resources and offer a helpline service.

This information was published in November 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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