We’ve just published our update for August 2019. This months update includes: New information on extended sentences. An advice post on opening a basic bank account and the alternatives if you’re unable to, possibly due to having a fraud conviction which flags up on the CIFAS database. A personal story setting out the link between

We’ve just published our update for July 2019. This months update includes: New information on exploring the hidden job market to find work. An update to our information on identifying whether your offence is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude. A personal story setting out an individuals experience of finding work in the care industry with

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

Our helpline was recently contacted by an individual who wanted to highlight a question being asked about criminal records by a professional body on their application form. The individual believed that this question was potentially very misleading as it asked: “Have you ever received a caution or conviction for a criminal record?” We informed the

Katie contacted our helpline for some advice around employment after she’d been cautioned by the police for common assault after ‘slapping’ her 7-year old son Jake. Katie explained that this incident had been completely out of character but Jake’s behaviour whilst out having a family meal had been terrible and had included him hitting and

Hilary contacted our helpline following an issue that her son Jack was having with his Public Protection Unit officer (PPU). Hilary explained that Jack had been convicted of a sexting offence in 2017 which resulted in him being put on the Sex Offenders Register and receiving a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). Since his conviction

Gerry contacted our helpline for some advice around employment and, in particular, the pressure he was being put under by the police and probation to disclose his conviction to his employer, even though his employers had never asked him to disclose. Gerry explained that he’d been convicted of a sexual offence and although he’d never

Alan contacted our helpline after he’d received a letter from his local council following an application to go onto their housing register. The council had written to Alan asking him to provide proof of his convictions and stating that they would accept his Subject Access Request (SAR) as evidence. We advised him that requesting a

We’ve just published our update for June 2019. This months update includes: Some new information which aims to assist anybody travelling to the USA to identify whether their offence is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude. An update on our page covering deportation due to a criminal record highlighting details of a successful Court of Appeal

We’ve just published our update for May 2019. This months update includes: An advice post detailing how you can request that an organisation delete your personal data once it’s no longer necessary for them to retain it. A personal story highlighting an individuals experience of working as a teacher following a caution for affray. A

In early 2018, Kabir was offered a job working as a Sales Consultant for an IT company based in Wales. As part of the terms and conditions of his employment, Kabir was told that he would need a basic criminal record check which would be carried out by a DBS Responsible Organisation (RO). Although Kabir

We’ve just published our update for April 2019. This months update includes: An advice post setting out the information an employer sees when they use the DBS Update Service to check a criminal record. An update to our GDPR and data protection – Guidance for individuals page to include a section on taking action against

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