Changes to orders dealing with sexual offences

On the 8th May 2015, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 was amended, making changes to the provisions dealing with behaviour orders. The following orders were repealed at that time: Sexual Offences Prevention Orders Risk of Sexual Harm Order Foreign Travel Orders These were replaced with: Sexual Harm Prevention Orders Sexual Risk Orders Sexual Harm Prevention […]

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Top 10 things to know about criminal records

We’ve produced some new information, 10 things to know about criminal record, which provides a short summary of the key things that people with convictions should know about their criminal record. The most important thing for anybody with a criminal record is to know exactly what theirs includes . Many people don’t know the details of […]

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DBS introduce oral representations for barring decisions

The Disclosure and Barring Service has issued new guidance on making oral representations if they’re considering barring someone from working with children or adults. Up until now, all representations had to be made in writing to the DBS. However, they’ve stated in their latest guidance that “in the interests of fairness and equality and to protect […]

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European criminal record checks

Introduction In November 2015, the Disclosure and Barring Service launched a pilot to test access to criminal record information from the European Union (EU). The trial will run until April 2016. The pilot is the first of its kind for the UK Government and will be jointly run by the Disclosure and Barring Service, the […]

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DVLA records of motoring offences

On the 8th June 2015, the DVLA scrapped the paper counterparts for driving licences and issued photo card licences only. Any new penalty points (endorsements) issued from that date will be recorded electronically only. This information will be held on your DVLA driver record and can be viewed online via the DVLA Shared Driving Licence […]

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Looking for ‘friendly’ employers

A criminal conviction doesn’t have to be the end of your career but many people with convictions feel anxious about disclosing details of their past fearing that they will be judged and discriminated against. For many people, knowing that an employer is ‘friendly’ towards people with convictions helps them to apply for jobs with more […]

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Primary school teachers/staff ‘disqualified by association’

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DoE) published supplementary advice to schools on what are called the ‘childcare disqualification requirements’. The requirements have been around for a number of years, and apply to registered childcare provision outside of schools, but it’s only since October 2014 that the DoE has made it clear that these […]

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Site re-structure – January 2015

We’re just writing to let you know that we’ve been doing some work to the back-end of the Information Hub. One of the main changes is in the way that you find the information that you’re looking for. We’ve done this by creating new ‘information sections‘ on the different subjects that the site covers, instead of relying […]

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‘Enforced subject access’ delays

The Ministry of Justice recently announced that the change to the Data Protection Act which makes enforced subject access a criminal offence has been delayed. It was originally meant to come into force on the 1st December 2014. It is now expected to commence early 2015. As we understand it, the reason for the delay […]

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