We’ve just published our update for January 2018.             This months update includes: Some new information on the introduction of basic criminal record checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service. A personal story from a gentleman who trained to become a barber whilst in prison who’s gone on to provide

A few years ago a member of staff of a housing provider who had attended one of our training courses forwarded us a copy of their organisation’s housing allocations policy and application forms. As a result of the training they’d received, they were concerned that their documentation may not be compliant with the Rehabilitation of

Looking back over the last couple of months, we’ve written up a few examples of the people we’ve helped. We hope they give a good idea of how we help people. However, more importantly than our role, we think that these examples show how people with convictions are able to overcome some of the barriers

Andy contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a local council, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role working as an apprentice in their Revenue Office. Andy explained that he had no face to face contact with clients, answering all enquiries over the telephone and believed that

Danny contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a company selling disability aids, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role as a driver/technician, stating that he would be required to instruct and train ‘vulnerable’ adults in the use of some of the equipment he was delivering. In

A few years ago Derek contacted our helpline for some advice around standing for election as a local councillor. Despite the role of a local councillor being covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the Electoral Commission guidance stated that any individual who had received a prison sentence of 3 months or more (including a

Darpak contacted our helpline very concerned about the impact of a motoring offence on his future employment and also his ability to become a trustee of a local charity group attended by his daughter. Darpak explained that although he currently held a senior management position which had not been affected by his conviction, he was

Kelvin contacted our helpline as he wanted some information about the cost of applying to have his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) discharged, as well as details of any solicitors that could help him do this. Kelvin explained that although he was really keen to do this, as it was seriously affecting his chances of

Sally contacted our helpline for some advice on applying for a job as a prison officer. She explained that she had passed the online Prison Officer Selection Test and had attended an assessment day which she had completed successfully. The assessment day had reinforced her determination to work as a prison officer but she was

We’ve just published our update for December 2017.             This months update includes: An advice post which sets out the new discretionary powers given to the police by the Home Office for dealing with ‘sexting’ offences. A personal story in which an individual with a criminal record tells how he

We’ve just published our update for November 2017.             This months update includes: New information on the implications of accepting a police caution A call-out to anybody with a criminal record who has experienced difficulties in joining the update service with a manual DBS certificate A personal story which details

We’ve just published our update for October 2017.             This months update includes: Updated information on the eligibility or standard and enhanced checks A call-out to anybody with a criminal record who has been through the experience of applying to become a trustee A personal story which highlights how more

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