Christopher Stacey

About Christopher Stacey

Christopher is the Co-director of Unlock. All posts by Christopher on this site can be found here.

DVLA scrap paper counterpart of driving licence next week

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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‘Enforced subject access’ will become a criminal offence on 10th March 2015

We’ve learnt from the Information Commissioners Office that section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 will be brought into force on the 10th March 2015. This means that “enforced subject access” will finally become a criminal offence. As we explained back in June 2014 when this was first announced, this is an important development […]

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Primary school teachers/staff ‘disqualified by association’

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DoE) published supplementary advice to schools on what are called the ‘childcare disqualification requirements’. The requirements have been around for a number of years, and apply to registered childcare provision outside of schools, but it’s only since October 2014 that the DoE has made it clear that these […]

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‘Enforced subject access’ delays

The Ministry of Justice recently announced that the change to the Data Protection Act which makes enforced subject access a criminal offence has been delayed. It was originally meant to come into force on the 1st December 2014. It is now expected to commence early 2015. As we understand it, the reason for the delay […]

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New ‘information series’ – ‘Disclosing to employers’

Today, we’ve published a dedicated information series focused on disclosing to employers. Each part of the series is designed to be brief and simple, summarising the key issues and providing links to more information on the Hub. They’re all available to download as PDF documents, and they’re listed below. Links are also available on the new […]

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Challenging ineligible standard and enhanced checks

We continue to receive many enquiries from clients being asked to do standard or enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for jobs which they don’t think are eligible for one. We are often asked for a ‘list of job titles’ which are eligible – no such list exists. What makes a role eligible depends […]

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