In this part of the site we bring together cases that support our policy and campaign work. They are examples that support the need for change.

As well as being listed below, they’re also linked to from the relevant issue that we’re focusing on, including:

  1. Cases that show the DBS filtering process doesn’t go far enough
  2. Cases that show the impact of the ‘google-effect’
  3. Cases that show the need for universities and colleges to have fair admission policies and practices
  4. Cases that show the need for reform of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
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  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case study – Julian – Extra costs and the possible loss of a job because my records didn’t show I’d paid my compensation order

    In 2009 Julian was convicted of ABH and received a community order together with a £1,000 compensation order which he paid immediately. After waiting the 5 years for his conviction to become spent (this was prior to the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2014) Julian applied to Disclosure Scotland (who were responsible...
  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case study – Toby – Failure of the system to amend a restraining order has led to the loss of several jobs

    Toby contacted our helpline for some advice regarding a restraining order which he’d received in 2010. He explained that he had originally been given an ‘indefinite’ order which his solicitor considered to be excessive. An application was made to the Court to amend the order whereupon it was changed to 2 years. Since then Toby...
  • in Policy cases, Way ROA works

    Case of Lauren

    Case of Lauren – consecutive sentences can never become spent Lauren contacted us for help understanding when her convictions would become spent. She was convicted of two separate offences related to the same incident, all dealt with in the same court proceedings. She was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for cultivating...
  • in Employer bad practice, Policy cases, Way ROA works

    Case of Ian

    Ian started work with his professional services firm in the early 1990s back when few employers asked about criminal records. Over the years he developed his skills and was now responsible for managing the office and billing. Ian planned to work there until retirement. In 2019, the firm introduced new HR systems and retrospectively carried...
  • in Employer bad practice, Policy cases, Way ROA works

    Case of Amir

    Amir applied for a job in the training department of one of the big four accounting firms. After a telephone interview, assessment centre and face-to-face interview Amir was selected over the 18 other candidates. He was overjoyed, as he had worked hard over the last 12 years to build the skills and qualifications needed for...
  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case of Monica

    Monica didn’t have a great start in life. She was in care from the age of 2 and she didn’t go to a great school, leaving with no qualifications. Fighting was part of her language – she used violence to settle disputes and disagreements. This worked for Monica amongst her peers, but not when she...
  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case of Dennis

    Dennis has two minor convictions. The first was in 2004 when he was 17 years old – for criminal damage to a phone box for which he received a fine and community service. The second was in 2012 when he was 25 years old – for common assault after an altercation one evening with another...
  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case of Teresa

    In 2008, after enduring more than a year of emotional abuse from her partner, the police came knocking on Teresa’s door. She had never had any dealings with the police before and she had no idea why they were there. They informed her that her partner had accused her of assault; she had pushed him...
  • in Policy cases, What DBS disclose

    Case of Helen

    Aged 14 Helen was arrested and received a caution. It was around this time she started binge drinking which began a downwards spiral. Smoking ‘weed’ and drinking heavily at the weekends was pretty much the norm amongst the gang she hung around with and by the time she was 19 a deep depression had overtaken...
  • in DBA, Policy cases

    Case of Terence – ‘Disqualification by association’ requirements having a negative impact on individuals without a criminal record

    As a result of his conviction, Terence was required to notify his public protection officer of any new relationships that he started. Shortly after meeting Lauren through friends, Terence disclosed his conviction to her and she agreed to go with him to the police station to meet his public protection officer. At that meeting, Lauren...
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