The big idea
Cautions are blighting people's job prospects and ruining lives. I received a caution after my abusive ex-husband reported me to the police for common assault. He had threatened my life and the lives of my children and had assaulted me on several occasions (including when pregnant). Whilst feeling under threat and duress I I used reasonable force to remove him from my house. I ended up with a caution (very much sold to me by the police) after spending hours without food in the police station. I was too scared of the consequences of going to court , but now very much regret having my day in court. The police did not charge my ex-husband despite him admitting to kicking me whilst pregnant in his statement!
I have a PhD and hoped to train as a teacher (my ex knew this and knew the consequences of his malicious complaint). I do not want to have to discuss my appalling marriage every time I apply for a job, so I only apply for those that do not require a CRB. These tend to be low paid jobs.
My ex-husband also got cautioned, but due to his career will never need a CRB check…
I should never have been cautioned in the first place. Now my earning potential has plumetted and my ability to forge a career is pretty much ruined.
Cautions were supposed to be a 'telling off', not a black mark that sticks for life,
Remove cautions fom CRB checks and allow people such as myself to have the career opportunities that we deserve.
Why does this matter?
People’s lives arew being ruined. I am highly qualified, but don’t apply for any jobs that require a CRB – I don’t want to re-live my abusive marriage. I should have been economically active (I wanted to be a Head Teacher), now my earning potential is very low. Children have missed out on an excellent teacher (I teach over 18s, so I know I can teach) and my life has been blighted.
CRB wouldn’t have prevented Soham, Huntley didn’t even work at the girls’ school, but people such as myself are carrying the can.
I am a parent, safeguarding children is incredibly important to me – sex offenders etc shouldn’t just be cautioned in the first place! Many good, decent people end up with ‘records’, they should not be barred from working with children or forced to ‘confess’ to embarrasing past mistakes.
The list of jobs requiring CRB checks have exploded in number – working with archives/records (not people at all!) require a CRB. It is a system gone mad.
I think about my caution every day and the injustice of the CRB system and I know I am not alone. CRB has made RoA a joke and is causing depression and untold economic hardship to many decent people. Keep CRB for real offenders, not people who have had difficult circumstances/very minor/one-off offenders.