Ongoing investigations or pending prosecutions – should you disclose to an employer?

Do you have any convictions or conditional cautions which are currently unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, any criminal charges pending or any ongoing police investigations?” [Example taken from a national retailers online application form] The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and the filtering rules which came into effect in 2013 (updated in November […]

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Applying for a job with probation? Do you know what you need to disclose?

People with criminal records are often keen to use their experience to help others in prison or on probation. Lived experience of the criminal justice system is now recognised as an asset by many employers in the sector – including Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Last year they published the Probation Workforce Strategy […]

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Changes to immigration rules and travel to Europe from 1 January 2021

What you’ll find in this post: Changes to the immigration rules for non-UK citizens Travelling to the EU with a criminal record Travelling to Europe if you’re on the Sex Offenders Register Changes to the immigration rules for non-UK citizens On 22 October 2020, the Home Office announced further details of their new Immigration Bill, […]

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Government announces date when planned changes to criminal record disclosure rules will take effect

The government has today confirmed that planned changes to the rules on filtering will come into effect on Saturday 28 November. After years of campaigning for change, and after many months of holding the government to account on the implementation of the changes, the news was confirmed in a letter to Unlock from the Home […]

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Travelling to the EU after 1 January 2021

Back in January 2019, we published an advice post, travel to the EU post-Brexit which set out our understanding of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) in particular, questions relating to criminal records. The ETIAS form will ask applicants to disclose convictions relating to specific offences over the previous 10 years (20 years […]

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Settled status – New information on what you need to know if you are an EU citizen and have a criminal record

The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights you currently have in the UK through the process of applying for settled or pre-settled status. As part of the application process, there are questions about criminal records and checks are carried out by the Home Office. Many people with a criminal record feel nervous about applying and […]

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Were you given a compensation order in court? Remember to tell the DBS once it’s paid

Our helpline regularly receives contact from individuals concerned to find that a conviction they’d believed was spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is still showing on their basic DBS certificate. There are many reasons why this might be the case, but one of the things that our helpline advisors will ask is whether […]

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Applied to the NHS volunteer responder scheme and used your DBS check as identity?

So far approximately 750,000 people have volunteered for the NHS volunteer responder scheme which was set up to help provide support to vulnerable adults who are self-isolating. The voluntary roles available include: Community Response Patient Transport Check in and Chat The scheme is being coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). Guidance from RVS states […]

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