Moving on: Travelling abroad with a criminal record

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on travelling abroad with a criminal record. A copy of the article can be found below. Whilst you’re in prison, you’ll probably have heard lots of conflicting information about travelling abroad with a criminal record. Unless you’re on licence, there’s […]

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Problems with the filtering of conditional cautions

Conditional cautions like simple cautions may be filtered from standard and enhanced DBS certificates after 6 years, providing you’ve not been cautioned for a non-filterable offence. However, our helpline has been contacted recently by several people who’ve had conditional cautions which are eligible for filtering disclosed on their enhanced DBS certificate as a  conviction. Further […]

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Finding out about your criminal record – Subject Access Requests and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into effect, changing the way that personal data is protected. Your right to request information about your personal data will remain relatively unchanged. However, the previous fee of £10 for a Subject Access Request (SAR) has been abolished, meaning that SAR’s will now […]

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If you’ve got an unspent conviction you might want to think twice before using a comparison website for insurance

We all know that using a comparison website is a really quick and easy way of getting a range of quotes for things like insurance or other utilities. However, if you’ve got an unspent conviction then using a comparison website may not be the best option for you and we’d always advise that you contact […]

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Moving on: Employment after release

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on employment after release. A copy of the article can be found below. On release from prison, and possibly for some time after, your conviction will be technically ‘unspent’ – this means you’ll need to disclose it to an employer […]

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Moving on: The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and the benefits of a spent conviction

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. A copy of the article can be found below. How do I know when my conviction will become spent and what will that mean for me? The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) gives […]

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Problems with manual DBS certificates and the DBS update service – has this happened to you?

In their guidance to employers for the update service, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) state that: An employer can check someone’s DBS certificate status online and get a result straight away” This ability to check someone’s criminal record quickly and start them working almost immediately is seen as a benefit to employers. Many employers […]

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Moving on: Applying to university

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on applying to university. A copy of the article can be found below. I’m thinking of applying to university when I leave prison. Will my criminal record cause me a problem? For many people, prison can be an ideal opportunity to improve […]

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