Due to the new changes to laws announced by the Home Office if job applicants want to succeed they will have to disclose to their employers their past criminal activity.
These changes had to be made after the decision of the Court of Appeal that the criminal record checks done now were not compatible with human rights laws.
The results from the legislation which is about to start functioning soon will be the decreased number of serious convictions being filtered from checks because of the elapsed time. When 11 years have passed after adult convictions which resulted in a non-custodial sentence they will now be filtered. The number of years for adults’ cautions is 6.
Young offenders’ convictions will be filtered after five and a half years for non-custodial sentences, and 2 years for cautions.
Nowadays certain employees such as doctors and teachers for example require the criminal records checks which are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
CRB used to be responsible about these checks but under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 DBS took over their work.
In spite of the changes, convictions for serious violent and sexual offences will continue being disclosed by the DBS.
According to the Minister for Criminal Information, these changes were needed in order to “[strike] a balance between ensuring that children and vulnerable groups are protected and avoiding intrusion into people’s lives.”
It all started from a job applicant who was not allowed to work part time at a football club because of police cautions. The reason for these cautions appeared to be the two bicycles he stole when he was 11 years old.