Working overseas

If you’re applying to work overseas, you need to be aware that the laws on disclosing criminal records in the UK (such as the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act) don’t apply.

Alongside any specific entry requirements of the country, the employer may also have their own policies and practices (depending on the countries disclosure laws) around asking for criminal records.

It’s not possible for this site to go into detail about the laws of different countries.

However, some employers overseas may require you to obtain a copy of your criminal record from the UK.

Depending on your role, you may be able to provide a basic disclosure. However, some employers may require you to provide more information.

ACRO provide an International Child Protection Certificate which may be required by some employers where you are working with children. This will disclose all criminal convictions and cautions held on the PNC.

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  • Insider


    I will just echo the need to keep going. I came home from jail in June 2015 after my first (and last!) brush with the law aged 50. Financially ruined, psychologically destroyed after 2 years unemployed while on bail awaiting charge, I came out determined to stage a comeback. I knew that Family & Employment would be a challenge, but didn’t realise how difficult the financial institutions would make life.

    After only a week at home, my bank write to say that they no longer wanted me or my wife as a customer – after 25 years as an account holder. Halifax wrote to close down my kids savings accounts and told me to never try to open an account for them with Lloyds Banking Group again. Punishing the innocents! We struggled for weeks to find any bank which would allow us to have a bank account – but it was evident we were on a blacklist. Eventually Barclays came to the rescue and gave us a current account. How can you get a job and pay your bills without a bank account – how does this behaviour by the banks help people to get back on their feet? What risk is mitigated by closing down the savings account of a 10 year old?

    Then the House Insurance came up – we had been with our insurers for 9 years without a claim – but I had the same problem as you. I had become an uninsurable risk. Thanks to Unlock, we found a broker who got us cover at just fractionally more cost than before!

    Next up car Insurance – God Bless LV. They dont care as long as your conviction isn’t Motor related. Premiums are now lower than before!

    2 years on, and we are still recovering. I am extremely fortunate to be in work, the family is hanging together, and we are still in our house though things are tight. We are insured, we have a mortgage, we have a credit card – and last week Barclays wrote to say I was being upgraded to a (free) Premium Bank Account – the sort of thing which 5 years ago would have gone straight in the bin, which now has pride of place on our fridge door!

    I still have 3 years until my conviction is spent but I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The experience will always be with you – and there will always be those (financial institutions included) wanting to keep rubbing your nose in it.
    But don’t let it defeat you and don’t let it define you. Just look after each other – sounds like Mark is lucky to have you. Good luck!


  • Alex Wood

    I agree totally with Pb and totally empathise with you Jane – it happened to us too. Like a number of other things that happen after conviction the biggest frustration for me is the arbitrary nature of how things are done. No credit given for previous behaviour – we’d had insurance with the same company for years but this didn’t matter. I hate the whole insurance thing anyway – it’s based on the fear that something bad could, possibly, happen. They work on the same principle as bookmakers – the odds always have to be in their favour. All the best for the future, it’s slow but it does get better.