Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? – Get in touch

As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate levels of criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who believes […]

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Basic DBS checks are coming soon – find out more here

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is introducing basic criminal record checks for people in England & Wales. This replaces the service previously provided by Disclosure Scotland. This is a significant development for both people with criminal records and employers in England & Wales, so we’ve developed a new landing page dedicated to basic DBS […]

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Does a member of your family have a criminal record? Want to know how this will affect you?

Hot off the back of today’s report by Lord Farmer setting out the importance that maintaining good family relationships plays in relation to the rehabilitation of people in prison, yesterday we published new information for the family members of people with convictions. Unlike the other information and advice on our site, which is aimed at people […]

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Moving on: What can I do about information that’s reported about my offence online?

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on dealing with information that’s available about you online. A copy of the article can be found below. As you prepare to leave prison and start considering applying for jobs or housing, you might also have to think about the risk of […]

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Monthly summary – July 2017

Welcome to our monthly summary for July 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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Are there any advantages to disclosing your criminal record to your jobcentre/work programme advisor?

If you’re not asked about your criminal record then, legally, you don’t need to disclose any unspent convictions, but in our opinion, withholding this information means that your advisor may not be able to provide you with the best information, advice or service. So, are there any other benefits in choosing to disclose? The role […]

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Monthly summary – June 2017

Welcome to our monthly summary for June 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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