We were recently contacted by an individual who was considering applying for a job as a manager in a charity bookshop but had been concerned about the level of criminal record check that the company had requested. They stated that:   xxxx takes its obligation to protect the rights of children and vulnerable people very

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We were recently contacted by an individual who had taken out a home insurance policy and was concerned that he had not fully disclosed his convictions. His confusion had arisen due to a declaration form that he had been sent with his policy documents. This stated:   You have confirmed that you, or any person

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

Tom contacted our helpline for some advice on a problem he was having in completing a teaching qualification at university. Tom explained that he had just started a teacher training course when his partner had been arrested for being in possession of indecent images. Tom told the university about the situation with his partner and

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Pheobe contacted our helpline as she wanted clarification that her conviction was spent and did not need to be disclosed when applying to become a member of the Board of Governors at her child’s school. We explained to Pheobe that generally school governor roles were exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 and would usually

Jennifer contacted our helpline when she was applying for a job as the Chief Executive Officer of a large, well-known organisation. She explained that the wording on the application form was a little unclear as it asked: Do you have any cautions or convictions? Jennifer was also unsure whether her conviction was spent and wanted

Terence contacted our helpline when he needed some advice on behalf of himself and his partner. Following his conviction, Terence had been placed on the sex offenders register. As part of his notification requirements, he was required to notify the public protection officer at his local police station of any new relationships. Shortly after being

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William contacted us for some advice after the company that he’d applied to work for had revoked his job offer upon receipt of his standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. William told us that the job he’d applied for involved selling IT equipment to financial institutions. He had been told that it was not a

We were recently contacted by an individual who was confused by the terms and conditions of a television company’s application form which he was in the process of completing. The application form stated:   You must disclose to the Producer details of any criminal convictions and/or unspent convictions other than driving offences which have not

We were recently contacted by an individual who had been seeking an online quote for home contents insurance from an insurance broker. The broker’s online application form asked applicants to disclose all unspent convictions and provided a link to a table setting out the relevant rehabilitation periods for various sentences and disposals. However, despite the

We were contacted by an individual who had applied for public liability insurance using an online comparison website. In order to obtain a quote the individual was asked to disclose the convictions, both spent and unspent, of all family members, even those that were not involved in the running of the business. As it was

We were recently contacted by an insurance broker who wished to place an advert on our online magazine, theRecord. In line with our standard procedures, we reviewed the insurer’s website to ensure that they were a reputable company and able to help people with convictions. Although the organisation were offering a range of products suitable

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