Applying for work through recruitment agencies

With so many employers advertising temporary and permanent jobs through recruitment agencies, we’ve published some new information, applying for work through a recruitment agency. As agencies only get paid once they’ve placed a successful applicant with an employer, some agencies may be tempted to weed out anybody who has disclosed a criminal record to them. […]

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What’s the best way to explain gaps in your CV?

It can be your worst nightmare when you’re sat in an interview and asked this question: Can you explain this gap in your CV People have gaps in their CV’s for a number of reasons, but for people with a criminal record, this often comes about because of time spent in prison or having lost […]

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Getting a reference from a previous employer

Once you’ve been offered a job and satisfied yourself that nothing is going to be disclosed on your basic criminal record check, the next hurdle you may need to overcome is getting a reference from your previous employer. If you’ve not worked for a while (perhaps because you’ve been serving a prison sentence) or if […]

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Are you looking to have ‘Google’ search results removed?

We have added a new information page, information on the internet, online and through search engines like Google, which brings together our information, advice and other useful resources relating to information that may be available about you on the internet through search engines such as Google. Following the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling in May […]

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What do you do if you receive a conviction whilst in employment?

Most of our information around disclosing to employers looks at how to disclose details of an existing criminal record when you’re applying for work. However, what happens if you receive a caution or conviction when you’ve already got a job? We’ve produced some new information on receiving a criminal record whilst you’re in employment, which […]

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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 The following orders were repealed at that time: Sexual Offences Prevention Orders Risk of Sexual Harm Order Foreign Travel Orders These were replaced with: Sexual Harm Prevention Orders Sexual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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