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

Charlotte contacted our helpline for some advice due to issues she was having in being accepted onto a nursing course at university. As part of the application process, Charlotte was asked to complete a declaration form by the university which asked her to: “Declare any cautions or convictions you have ever received.” Wishing to answer the

We were recently contacted by an individual who had some concerns about the question relating to criminal convictions on the application form to join a professional body. The question asked: ‘I have been convicted of a criminal offence       Yes / No’ The organisation stated that they would be carrying out a standard Disclosure

Kelly contacted our helpline after she’d had her insurance policy cancelled due to the non-disclosure of her partner’s criminal record. Kelly explained that she’d used a comparison website to get insurance quotes for a new van that she’d recently purchased. After disclosing her partner’s unspent conviction, she had been surprised to find that the prices

Andy contacted our helpline after his application for social housing was declined on the basis of his ‘previous criminal convictions‘. Andy explained that he had three previous convictions but these were all spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act at the time he’d made his housing application. As he’d applied for supported housing, the housing

Larry contacted our helpline for some advice about finding a job with an unspent conviction. Larry stated that he’d recently been released from prison after serving two and a half years of a five year sentence for robbery. He was desperate to find a job so that he could afford to rent somewhere to live and

William contacted our helpline after he’d received a copy of his Subject Access Request (SAR) from the police and discovered that a conviction for possession of Class C drugs had been recorded twice on the Police National Computer (by the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police). He immediately contacted ACRO Criminal Records Office who confirmed

We’ve just published our update for March 2018.             This months update includes: Some new information providing an overview of the areas of life that can be affected by a criminal record. A link to our updated page on travelling abroad. A personal story from Margaret about her experiences of

We’ve just published our update for February 2018.             This months update includes: Some new guidance for individuals on changes to the rules on being a trustee or senior manager of a charity with a criminal record. Additional information in our seven stages of a criminal record series. A personal

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

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