Job-hunting with a criminal past – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2014 in criminal records, employment, news, recidivists, statistics by sally

‘A change in the law means thousands of ex-offenders looking for work will have their records wiped far sooner. But what is job-hunting like for those with a criminal past?’

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BBC News, 28th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 11th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions come into effect today, Justice Minister Simon Hughes.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Reoffending reforms – no refinement of relevance – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 11th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, disqualification, employment, news, rehabilitation by tracey

‘The Government has today announced their long-awaited reforms to disclosure of previous convictions for rehabilitated offenders.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th March 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Clare’s law letting women know if partner has abusive past rolled out – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, domestic violence, news by sally

‘Women will be able to find out if their partners have an abusive past as the domestic violence disclosure scheme – known as Clare’s law – is rolled out across every police force across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Non-payment of TV licence fee may be taken out of criminal law – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2014 in criminal records, licensing, media, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Plans to decriminalise the non-payment of the TV licence fee are being considered by government departments in a move designed to ease pressure on the courts, but which could have major repercussions for the BBC.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Regina (A) v Chief Constable of C Constabulary – WLR Daily

Posted February 14th, 2014 in criminal records, judicial review, law reports, police, vetting by sally

Regina (A) v Chief Constable of C Constabulary [2014] EWHC 216 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 63

‘The proper application of the non police personnel vetting process set out in the national vetting policy devised by the Association of Chief Police Officers required the adoption of a two-stage test, namely: (i) whether there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that X was or had been involved in criminal activity; and (ii) if so, whether it was appropriate in all the circumstances for security clearance to be refused.’

WLR Daily, 12th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 14th, 2014 in criminal records, news, rehabilitation, time limits by sally

‘Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions will come into effect next month, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th February 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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CS gas canister barrister to be disbarred – Bar Standards Board

‘A barrister who failed to disclose previous criminal convictions for possessing CS gas and wilfully obstructing the police is to be disbarred, following an independent public disciplinary tribunal.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th February 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Clare’s Law – what is it and is it what’s needed? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘From March 2014, a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales, following a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas. It is intended that this Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or “Clare’s Law”, will provide, “people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy”, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd December 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Disclosure and Barring Service: criminal record checks and referrals – Home Office

Posted November 25th, 2013 in criminal records, employment, press releases, vetting by tracey

‘Disclosure and Barring Service: criminal record checks and referrals – guidance.’

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Home Office, 25th November 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Violent history of partners to be disclosed as Clare’s Law rolled out nationwide – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 25th, 2013 in criminal records, disclosure, domestic violence, news, police by tracey

‘A pilot scheme to protect women from violent partners, known as Clare’s Law, is to be rolled out nationwide. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is expected to announce the full implementation of the law which forces police to disclose details of a person’s violent past if their partner requests it.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Police face legal challenge over secret files on protesters – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in criminal records, database right, demonstrations, human rights, news, police, privacy by sally

“Police chiefs face a legal challenge over their policy of keeping secret files on thousands of political activists.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Complaints against doctors double since 2007 – Daily Telegraph

“Complaints against doctors have more than doubled in six years amid increasing demand on NHS services and rising expectations from patients, according to a new report.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Haunted by one’s past – yet another criminal records case – Panopticon

Posted October 11th, 2013 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, news, taxis by sally

“As I mentioned in my post last week, the case of T v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which concerns the legality of the current CRB regime, is shortly to be considered by the Supreme Court. The issue in T is whether the blanket requirement that criminal convictions and cautions must be disclosed in the context of an enhanced criminal record check (“ECRC”) undertaken for the purposes of certain types of employment (particularly employment with children or vulnerable adults), even though they are spent, is Article 8 compliant.”

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Panopticon, 10th October 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Privacy actions up 22% as public fights storage of personal information on ‘big brother’ databases – The Independent

“A sharp rise in the number of privacy hearings in British courts has been fuelled by requests for ‘irrelevant’ personal information to be removed from police and other state databases, figures show.”

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The Independent, 22nd July 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Home Office asks Supreme Court to make landmark privacy ruling – The Independent

“Government lawyers want to overturn decision that criminal records vetting system breaches human rights.”

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The Independent, 14th July 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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The Sun gets regulator reprimand and apologises for misleading on European human rights – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 26th, 2013 in complaints, criminal records, EC law, human rights, media, news by sally

“Remember Inhuman Rights, The Sun’s garbled reporting of this Court of Appeal decision on Criminal Record Bureau checks? In February, I wrote this: No, The Sun, the Human Rights Act is not the EU. My complaint was about the headline, which screamed ‘Now EU could let fiends like him prey on your children’. This was obvious nonsense, since the judgment had nothing to do with the EU.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th June 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Enhanced criminal records certificates – teachers on trial – Panopticon

Posted June 13th, 2013 in criminal records, human rights, news, sexual offences, teachers, vetting by sally

“The theory that there is no smoke without fire is one which often looms large where teachers are accused of sexual offences against pupils. Even in the face of a decision by the CPS that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution or an acquittal following a criminal trial, a teacher who has been accused of sexual offences may find it hard to escape the tainting effects of the allegations. Of course, a critically important issue for the teacher in question is whether the allegations will ultimately find their way into any enhanced criminal record certificate (ECRC). This is an issue which has been considered by the High Court in two recent cases.”

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Panopticon, 13th June 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Enhanced Disclosure in Sport – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted June 5th, 2013 in children, criminal records, disclosure, news, sport, teachers by sally

“Sports regulatory bodies and sports clubs must generally obtain enhanced disclosure of coaches and other persons who are responsible for supervising and working with children (now called Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Checks). They often have to take action based on that information, and always have to assess the relevance and importance of that information. A number of cases relating to enhanced disclosure have now been decided by the Administrative Court and a body of law is developing which will help to inform sporting bodies about how to treat such information.”

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 5th June 2013

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

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Burglars win right to keep convictions secret – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 29th, 2013 in criminal records, human rights, news, time limits, young offenders by sally

“Thousands of criminals, including burglars, will be allowed to work in hospitals, schools and care homes after senior judges ruled that criminal record checks were breaching offenders’ human rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th May 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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