The latest blog by Christopher Stacey looks at David Lammy’s recommendation to ‘seal’ criminal records and explains why it’s a good idea and how it could work. Read it here.

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The latest blog by Christopher Stacey looks at whether the supermarket in EastEnders broke the law in doing a DBS on Derek? And why did a historic decriminalised offence show up on his disclosure? Read it here.

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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Our written evidence to the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records has been published on the Parliament website. Alongside a number of recommendations, we’ve included five anonymous personal experiences. Next week, we’re taking a small group of people to Westminster to share their personal stories with MP’s on the Committee.   The specific

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As part of the Justice Committee’s inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records, we’re taking a small group of people to Westminster to share their personal stories with MP’s on the Committee. It’s a really good opportunity to make sure that the Committee hears from people with personal experience of living with a criminal

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Yesterday there was a Westminster Hall debate, brought by Helen Hayes MP, about the performance of the Disclosure and Barring Service. In particular, Ms Hayes highlights: There are harder cases, including my constituent who is an ex-offender and has found it very difficult to find work. In May 2016, he was offered a job that

Last week the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) published an independent review that has been conducted into their barring operations. As part of our fair access to employment project, we acted as a stakeholder and fed in our thoughts to the review team. Although the review has only just been published, the date on the

In February 2016, we were invited by Plias Resettlement to visit Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville prisons to present workshops on criminal records and disclosure (they deliver the National Careers Service contract there). The aim was to look at the ongoing effects of a criminal record, how this can affect a person’s ability to reintegrate into

Work is progressing well to lay the foundations for our project to challenge employment discrimination. We’re now at the stage where we want to start opening out the conversation, to help to shape the project. This update is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation – with employers, with people with

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As part of our project fair access to employment project, alongside our work to support employers to develop good practice, we’re also on the look-out for evidence of bad practice by employers with regards to the policies and processes that they have in place for job applicants with criminal records.   What do we mean

Tomorrow, the 10th March 2015, a new criminal offence of ‘enforced subject access’ comes into force, which employers and organisations need to be aware of. This news has implications on the recruitment processes of employers and organisations. In particular, it has an impact on those that ask individuals to obtain a copy of their police

Back in March this year, we announced that, following a complaint we’d made to the ICO, the DBS were updating their application form to reflect the recent ‘filtering’ provisions. At the time, we were pleased to see the DBS take this step. Unfortunately, they failed to follow this through properly, meaning that although new forms

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