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Spent convictions not being disclosed at all on CRB checks

4 Comments 19th May 2015

These checks are of use to prospective employers and I have heard of cases where they have been misused. They are used to see if an applicant has any convictions not just any relevant convictions. As soon as the employer receives the CRB and sees that the happlicant has had convictions, even though these are spent under the rehabilitation of offenders act(1974) The application goes in the bin.



Why does this matter?

The country is losing out on a potential goldmine of experience which could be put to good use as many people see the CRB check and don’t bother, also the narrow minded H.R. workers seem unable to believe that someone can change for the better

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4 Responses to Spent convictions not being disclosed at all on CRB checks

  1. david mcgowan says:

    people dont change… the re-offend rate proves that…

    i agree however that /some/ convictions should be able to be spent and then done with… theft, assault, manslaughter, and minor crimes.

    sex crimes, child crimes, abuse crimes all other murders should remain forever (but then im a fan of the death penalty for those so…)

  2. angela taylor solicitor says:

    People do change but the recent ammendment (exemptions) concerning CRB’s now allow minor spent convictions from many years ago now show up on a CRB and this is both discriminatory, unfair and against the spirit of both the Human Rights Act and the Rehabilitation of Ofenders Act 1974. The recent addition to the CRB in my humble opinion is a disgrace and makes the R of O Act worthless.
    Employers will discriminate and there is now absolutely no incentive not to break free from a life of crime or go into education or work to try and better ones lot because them up there want to keep you down.

    Big brother gone wrong.

    • Yvonne says:

      I totally agree. I was arrested in 1979 attempting to steal lipstick from Superdrug. I was found guilty of shoplifting, paid my fine and got on with the rest of my life. Didn’t commit another offence and forgot about it. That is until the day I had to apply for a CRB enhanced check. Applied for a job as a live in carer working with elderly people. Spent my life caring for others and was really looking forward to working again. At the age of 50 I have been forced to relive this incident which I believe was trivial and insignificant. I am not a criminal but was a troubled teenager who made a stupid mistake. Having passed all the interviews for this job as well as spending a week in a residential training course I was gutted that after the CRB came back, my application was scrapped. Where is the justice in this, discrimination is what comes to mind.

  3. Tony says:

    Do all these foreigners who are taking up all our jobs have to get a crb? I bet they don’t !!

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