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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New ‘information series’ – ‘Disclosing to employers’

Today, we’ve published a dedicated information series focused on disclosing to employers. Each part of the series is designed to be brief and simple, summarising the key issues and providing links to more information on the Hub. They’re all available to download as PDF documents, and they’re listed below. Links are also available on the new […]

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Testing a new structure – Let us know what you think

Based on feedback we’ve had since we launched the Hub just over a year ago, we’ve been working on trying to make it easier to find links to various sections of information we have on the Hub. So today, as one of the steps towards this, we’ve published a BETA (test) ‘Disclosing to employers‘ section. With […]

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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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