The big idea
Police reprimands/cautions should be removed from Enhanced CRB checks when received as a minor after a short time say 2/3 yrs.When my daughter was just 13yrs old and,a mixed up teenager,she received a reprimand for shoplifting along with another girl.She was not charged or cautioned but merely reprimanded The police assured us that this would be removed from their records after 5yrs as was the legislation at the time...Suitably chastened she buckled down and became a model student and got a place at medical school having now completed her first year on the road to becoming a doctor.
However during her first term she was summoned by the university medical school to be told that the reprimand had shown up on their enhanced CRB check.To their credit they had taken no notice of such a minor misdemeanor committed such along time ago but warned her that this may cause problems for her in the future.
We have been told that the legislation has been changed so that any information such as this on the Police Computer must be made available for an enhanced CRB check.The Association of Chief Police Officers are not sympathetic and will not make any exceptions.
Why does this matter?
I feel that this is a very important issue of individual rights and freedoms so much of which has been eroded in recent years in so many ways.Since discussing this particular issue I am amazed how many people have been affected in exactly the same way.
It is manifestly unfair for a child or anyone in the same situation to be penalized for the rest of their lives for a minor mistake made when they where young .What possible point is there for such unjust regulations?.When will the authorities start using some common sense?