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

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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

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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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Monthly summary – January 2017

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Welcome to our monthly summary for January 2017. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just […]

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

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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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Monthly summary – December 2016

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Welcome to our monthly summary for December 2016. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just […]

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

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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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Ministry of Justice Employment Strategy – Feed in your views

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We’re pleased to see that the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, is developing an employment strategy and exploring ways to increase the number of employers giving opportunities to people with convictions. This is your opportunity to shape the development of government policy! Complete our survey. As part of the development of their strategy, the Ministry of […]

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