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. Applies to England and Wales.

What if my job offer is withdrawn because of a DBS check?

If your job offer is withdrawn because of the results of a DBS check, you may be able to challenge this on grounds of disability discrimination. But this will depend on the reasons given by the employer for withdrawing the job offer.

You would need to be able to show that the employer has changed their mind because you have a mental health problem, and not for any legitimate reason that you may be unsuitable for the job.

If you think you may have been discriminated against in this way, you should get advice from an employment law solicitor.

For more information on disability discrimination by a prospective employer, and how you can complain about this, see our information on discrimination at work.

This information was published in November 2018. We will revise it in 2020.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

> Read our A-Z


Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

> Find out more

Special offers

Check out our promotional offers on print and digital booklets, for a limited time only

> Visit our shop today