Finally, after 40 years, the laws on disclosing criminal records are changing for the better on the 10th March 2014

We’re delighted that, having campaigned for many years, the 10th March 2014 will finally see reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 come into force. This means that many people will find that their conviction becomes ‘spent’ a lot sooner than it did previously. It only applies in England and Wales, but the changes […]

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Update to list of motor insurers

We’ve made some minor updates to the list of motor insurers. In particular, we’ve added the details of More Than. As well as asking about motor convictions, they only ask about convictions relating to fraud or dishonesty. They don’t seem to give a definition to these two phrases, so if in doubt, you should check […]

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Successes in getting visas to travel to the US

As part of our attempts to make sure this Hub reflects the genuine experiences of people with convictions, we want to make sure that were highlighting some key examples which we think are relevant to people making use of this site One particular update that we’ve made today is to include a couple of positive […]

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New guide – Unlocking Criminal Record Checks

On a daily basis, our helpline gets calls from people who are applying for work and don’t know where they stand because of criminal record checks that (increasingly) employers are carrying out. A couple of years ago, we approached the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service – known as the CRB at that time) and raised […]

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DBS Update Service and One Certificate

Today, we’ve published a brief guide which explains some of the changes that the DBS has introduced this week. The Update Service is a new subscription service lets you keep your DBS certificate up-to-date so you can take it with you when you move jobs or roles. The employer can then carry out free, online, […]

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DBS start filtering cautions and convictions

As some of you may have seen from the news, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has started, as of yesterday, a process of ‘filtering’ for cautions and convictions held on the Police National Computer. Today, we’ve published our own detailed guide on how the DBS filtering rules will work. This can be viewed here. […]

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Filtering old and minor convictions – The effect of the Court of Appeal case of T

In response to the recent Court of Appeal ruling regards criminal record checks, we’ve produced an Information Hub document which summarises the case, and looks at the implications. We’ve also added a detailed FAQ-style section, which hopefully answers some of the common queries that we’ve been receiving in recent weeks. Download the information here. Print […]

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Immigration and nationality decisions are now exempt from the ROA

As of the 1st October 2012, changes made through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (s.140 in particular) mean that immigration or nationality decision making, including initial decisions and any subsequent proceedings, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that spent convictions can also be considered as […]

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