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.
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.
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.
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.
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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