I Live With Someone On The Barred List: A Simple 2-Min Guide

One of the questions we get asked often is, “What if someone I live with is on the Barred List?”

This is a very important question and, understandably, some people do worry about this situation, or avoid applying for roles where a check of the Barred list may take place.

So, if this is you, or you know someone in a similar position who needs a DBS check with the Barred list, here is everything you need to know to help answer the question, “What if someone I live with is on the Barred List”

Does The Criminal History Of Someone I Live With Show On My DBS?

It’s important to remember that a DBS check is about YOUR criminal history, not your partner’s, your roommate’s, or your children.

So, if someone else has committed an offence that you were not involved in, then it will not show up on your DBS check.

Therefore, if you’re worrying that someone you live with is on the Barred List will affect your DBS result, you shouldn’t.

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DBS Checks For Home-Based Roles

If you’re getting a DBS check for a home-based role, such as Foster Carer, or child minder, then this is where it can get complicated, and someone else’s history can affect your eligibility for the role.

In these situations, a DBS check will be done on those who will also be present in the house whilst your role is being performed. This means, for example, if someone you live with is on the relevant Barred List, it will appear on their check.

This therefore means that the result of their DBS check will affect your eligibility for the role. Roles such as being a Foster Carer with someone in the house who is on the Children’s Barred List will be out of the question.

You can find out more about this situation and other issues surrounding home-based roles in our useful Home-Based DBS Checks blog.

We also have an article about Barred List offences here. DBS Barred List Offences – All You Need To Know which may give you further answers to your questions. We have even answered questions in the comments you may find useful.

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How Do I Know What Will Show Up On My DBS Check?

Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer for this question, as it can depend on various factors. Some of these are included below:

  • What type of DBS check is being requested? What will show up will depend on whether a Basic, Standard, Enhanced (with or without Barred List check) was requested.
  • Have you received a caution, warning or reprimand in the past?
  • Has the caution, warning, or reprimand become spent, or does it remain unspent? Spent convictions will not show up on a Basic DBS check, for example.
  • If you’re getting an Enhanced DBS check, it will include any information that the Local Police Force(s) feel is relevant. Has there been any involvement with the Police that is relevant to your job?

    There are plenty of questions there, but thankfully they are all answered in our What Does A DBS Check Show guide. It’s well worth a read and should help answer any questions you have! If it doesn’t, there’s plenty more information filled blogs available, and we’re always here to help!
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Conclusion- I Live With Someone On The Barred List

We hope you have found our article about the Barred List helpful, at Aaron’s Department, we sadly can’t tell you exactly if X, Y, or Z will appear on your DBS check, but if you want to seek some clarification, you can ring the Disclosure and Barring Service telephone number directly on 03000 200 190. Further guidance, straight from the ‘horse’s mouth’, can be found on the DBS website.

Got another question that you’d like us to answer? Please let us know in the comments below, and our team will be sure to do the best we can to help.

You can also contact us on 0113 877 0171 or email contact@aaronsdepartment.com to find out more.

Further Reading

Understanding The Different Types Of DBS Checks

Can I Download My DBS Certificate?

Understanding A Volunteer DBS Check

Common DBS Check Misconceptions

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