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

The other day I was told by an applicant that someone they lived with was on one of the Barred Lists.

“What if someone I live with is on the Barred List?”


When speaking to them, it became clear that they were worried this would have an effect on their DBS check, and, to be fair, it’s a good point!

I’m surprised I haven’t been asked about this issue more – although, maybe some people may feel too nervous to ask about it.

So, if this is you, or you know someone in a similar position who needs a DBS check, here is everything you need to know!

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 kids’.

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 don’t have to worry anymore!

DBS Checks For Home-Based Roles

If you’re getting a DBS check for a home-based role, such as Foster Carer, then this is where it can get a little 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 is a no-go.

You can read more about this on our Home-Based DBS Checks blog.

Foster Care

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

Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer for this question, as it can depend on a variety of 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 a lot 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 informational blogs available, and we’re always here to help!

The Wrap-Up

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’re best off ringing the Disclosure and Barring Service office directly on 03000 200 190. Further guidance, straight from the ‘horses mouth’, can be found on the DBS website.

Got another question that you’d like us to answer? Let me know in the comments below, and our team will be sure to do the best we can to help, and maybe even write a blog about it!

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