When would you need to disclose your spent conviction to an employer?

Any organisation can apply for a basic criminal record check on members of their staff which will disclose unspent cautions/convictions. However, there are some jobs which would require you to disclose spent convictions. Many people are aware that if they’re applying for a job which involves working with children or vulnerable adults, then they’ll need to disclose […]

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Have you ever tried claiming compensation as a victim of crime?

Last month The Independent published an article highlighting how rape victims with criminal records for minor offences were being regularly denied compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The article explained how compensation for rape committed by one attacker is set at £11,000. However, if the victim has an unspent conviction for, say, failing to pay […]

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Latest news about the Disclosure and Barring Service

Over the course of the next 12 months the Disclosure and Barring Service are planning to introduce several changes that might be important to people with convictions. Basic criminal record checks From autumn 2017, you will be able to apply to the DBS for a basic criminal record check if you live or work in England […]

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Is it always necessary to have an enhanced DBS check if you’re working as a contractor in a school or care home?

Our helpline often receives calls from individuals who, as part of their work, are required to go into schools or care homes (for example plumbers and electricians). Many employers will insist that you have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check with a check of the barred list because of the type of establishment that […]

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‘Turings Law’ takes effect to posthumously pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men

We were pleased to hear the Justice Secretary, Sam Gyimah, announce yesterday that thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of sexual offences which have now been abolished (decriminalised) have been posthumously pardoned. This pardoning has become known as ‘Turings Law’ after Alan Turing, a World-War Two code breaker often referred to as ‘the father […]

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What affect does a driving endorsement have on when a motoring conviction becomes spent?

Our helpline often receives calls from people who have received driving convictions and are confused about when this will become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Some of the more serious driving offences could result in your licence being revoked (i.e. you are banned from driving) and even a prison sentence. However, in addition […]

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Court makes it clear – spent convictions shouldn’t be taken into account for housing applications

In most areas of England & Wales, there are long waiting lists for social housing and more often than not, a shortage of housing stock. To address this issue, some social housing providers will have restrictions on who can apply for housing. Providers may decide that houses or flats will only be offered to people […]

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Is it worth applying to your local council for a taxi licence if you have a criminal record?

As anybody with a criminal record knows, finding paid work can be difficult and so, for many, self-employment can be very attractive. If you enjoy driving, then becoming a taxi driver could be one option for you to consider. You will need an operator’s licence which you can apply for through your local council or […]

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