I have been offered a job working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities and have to submit an enhanced DBS check.
about 5 years ago I got caught shoplifting, I was issued a PND.
My prospective employer has not asked for me to disclose any information re cautions/convictions but only asked that I complete the form for an enhanced DBS check.
My questions are:
On the DBS form Question E 55 asks for a declaration by the applicant 'have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or received a caution, criminal reprimand or warning?'
Am I correct in assuming a PND is none of the above, and that I ought to tick NO?
From what I have read, it seems as though a PND will only show up in the non convictions section of the DBS certificate if the local police chief officer thinks it relevant to provide details of the PND when looking at the post for which I am applying.
This is troubling me. Do I declare my shoplifting PND in advance to my potential employer and come clean, or do i keep quiet and wait and see if it shows up in the comments section?
If I come clean I look honest, but may have provided unnecessary information that may disadvantage me.
If I sit tight and say nothing, I could look bad for not mentioning it.
Thirdly, do people think a shoplifting PND will be deemed relevant to a caseworker role working with learning disabled clients?
Has anyone here ever been in a similar situation?
I feel awful not knowing whether to declare or not, it's such a fantastic opportunity for me and I don't want to mess it up.
Thank you for listening X