Overcoming the problems of dealing with the Jobcentre

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Our helpline often receives calls from people with convictions who are desperate to get back into work but run into difficulties when dealing with the Jobcentre. Some examples of the types of problems we hear about are: Jobcentre advisors who have little or no understanding of criminal records, criminal record checks, the Rehabilitation of Offenders […]

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How do you answer this – “Have you ever been dismissed or subject to disciplinary action?’”


We recently heard from someone who, about 5 years ago, was dismissed from his job for gross misconduct following a criminal conviction, even though the offence was committed outside of work. Fortunately, he found another job almost immediately and has worked there ever since. Although he enjoys the work and has been promoted a couple of times, […]

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What’s the best way to approach a panel interview if you have a criminal record?

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Panel interviews seem to be increasingly common for some employers looking for more rigorous ways to screen job seekers and spot the best talent. As the name suggests, a panel job interview is where you’re interviewed by a group of interviewers – a ‘panel’. The panel may consist of a mix of senior or line managers, a […]

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Working abroad and the use of Police Certificates

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Many people who have a criminal record consider moving abroad as a way to ‘escape’ their past and improve their chances of employment. People looking to emigrate to countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Caymen Islands, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA have always needed to apply to the National Police Chiefs’ Council […]

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Be aware of what type of criminal record check is being done for the job you’re applying for


Over the last few weeks our helpline has been contacted by several people enquiring about what’s likely to be included in their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. People will often refer to their convictions as being ‘spent’ without appreciating that jobs requiring standard or enhanced DBS checks are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders […]

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The importance of being honest if you’re asked to disclose your criminal record


Cautions and convictions stay on the Police National Computer for 100 years (they are never deleted), but they don’t always have to be disclosed. Many people don’t realise what might be on their criminal record but it’s important that you find this out before you start applying for jobs. Legally, you only have to disclose […]

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Is this a scam? Employment offers and criminal record checks

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We have been altered to an organisation, Online UK Disclosure, which claim to offer Single Offence Checks at a cost of £99.99. Online UK Disclosures claim to be an umbrella body for the Disclosure and Barring Service and Disclosure Scotland. The DBS has confirmed to Unlock that Online UK Disclosure is not registered an umbrella body […]

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DVLA scrap paper counterpart of driving licence next week

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A week today, on the 8th June 2015, the DVLA will be scrapping the paper counterparts for driving licences and issuing photo card driving licences only. Any new penalty points (endorsements) issued from that time will be recorded electronically only. This information will be held on your DVLA driver record and can be viewed online […]

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New statutory guidance on disqualifications in schools recognises role of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act


Yesterday, the Department for Education published statutory guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006. Most notably in their guidance is the clarity that we have been pushing for, which is the the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act applies to the ‘disqualification by association’ element. This means that if you’re working in a role in a […]

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