Practical information & advice

Here you’ll find some of the common issues that people face, with links to various parts of this site where we have information, advice and useful resources relating to personal relationships.

I’m worried about disclosing my criminal record to partners, family members and friends. How should I go about this?

There’s no right or wrong way to disclose to a partner, family member or friend. Consider carefully what you’re going to say before you say it and be ready to answer any questions openly and honestly. We have more information on telling a partner, family member or friend about your criminal record.

I’ve just started a relationship with a lady who has two children, Will my conviction for a sexual offence impact on them?

If you live with or, have significant contact with your partners children then the police or probation may choose to share details of your conviction with children’s services. We have more information on relationships, children and dealing with social services.

Will my criminal record cause problems for my daughter if she wants to work in a nursery school?

Possibly. If you live together and you have an unspent conviction for a ‘relevant offence’, then your daughter would be disqualified by association from working with children upto and including reception age. She would need to apply for a waiver from Ofsted before she was allowed to work in a nursery school.

Can the police disclose details of my criminal record to my partner?

The police can’t automatically disclose details of your criminal record. Depending on the nature of your offence, the police or probation may insist that you disclose your conviction to a new partner. A good police/probation officer will usually give you the opportunity to do this yourself; the time period is likely to be weeks not months.

Your partner can ask the police to check whether you have ever been convicted of a sexual offence against a child or domestic violence offence. We have more information on the child sex offender disclosure scheme (Sarah’s law) and the domestic violence disclosure scheme (Clare’s law).

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Discuss this with others

Read and share your experiences of this on our online forum. We have a specific section on disclosing your criminal record to a new partner.

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