William contacted our helpline after he’d read about the policy work we were doing around the EU right to be forgotten issue. Around 7 years ago, William had been convicted of possessing and making indecent images of children and received a three year community order. As a result of his conviction, he lost his job

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Five years ago, Patrick was convicted of a fraud offence and received a 12 month prison sentence. Patrick told us that at the time of his conviction, he was in a difficult place having built up some debts due to an addiction to gambling. His arrest was the ‘shock’ he needed to face up to

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Natasha was working as a teacher when she was convicted of fraud four years ago and received a five month suspended prison sentence. It is now spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Since her conviction, she has worked hard to rebuild her reputation. However, the presence of a story about her online has

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Anthony contacted us at the end of 2016, when he needed some advice about getting links to his name removed. He had been convicted of a sexual offence in 2000 and received a short prison sentence. His conviction became spent in 2004. Since his conviction, Anthony has significantly turned his life around. He has completed

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The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides people with criminal records protection from discrimination once their criminal record becomes ‘spent’. In an article for the Probation Journal, published this month, Christopher Stacey highlights how media reports are increasingly available online and often mean spent convictions continue to be accessible to employers and others. However, he

There are over 10.5 million people in England & Wales with a criminal record, and many find themselves treated unfairly and unnecessarily held back in life because of their past. Government has a role to play in finding solutions. The last Conservative government talked about stepping in to help those who had been ignored for

Jimmy is unemployed and claiming job seekers allowance. He’s been unemployed since his conviction 3 years ago. He was given a suspended sentence for offences involving violence. Since then, he’s been trying to find work but has received very little support from the job centre. When he first signed on, he was told that he’d

People with criminal records – An untapped talent pool that has been ignored for too long There are over 10.5 million people in England & Wales with a criminal record, and many find themselves treated unfairly and unnecessarily held back in life because of their past. Government has a role to play in finding solutions.

An article in the Independent reports that families of offenders face higher premiums and even flat refusals when it comes to getting insurance. The article quotes a report by Unlock, which revealed that 37 per cent of the calls made to its helpline related to insurance. It also revealed a startling issue; that many families of prisoners and

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Press release: 3rd May 2017 Ruling gives hope to thousands of people trying to put their past behind them The Court of Appeal has today rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court in January last year, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. The judgment, handed down today, involves

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Earlier today our co-director, Christopher Stacey, gave evidence to the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records. You can watch the session here or below.   More information Posts about our work on youth criminal records can be found here. The specific details of the inquiry are here There are more general

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As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate levels of criminal record checks.  We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who believes

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