Remove cautions from CRB

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 is this idea important?

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.

Criminal gossip bureau

Soft information revealed on enhanced CRBs is totally unjustified and against human rights. If a person has not been charged or convicted it should not be there. Ian Huntley worked in a different school to his victims and knew them through his partner who worked at their school-Maxine Carr. A tragic consequence of this "soft information" is that people can easily wreck the career of a professional person by making any accusation to the police. The police have a duty to investigate and often a crucial part of this process is to arrest and interview the person. If the person is not charged or found innocent by the court this is still on the "other relevant information" part of their CRBs. It is making criminals of innocent people. Thousands of people have been sacked and have been refused employment because of this non-conviction information. The saying "innocent until proven guilty" does not now apply. On an enhanced CRB any allegation and arrest carries the same weight as a conviction.

Why is this idea important?

Soft information revealed on enhanced CRBs is totally unjustified and against human rights. If a person has not been charged or convicted it should not be there. Ian Huntley worked in a different school to his victims and knew them through his partner who worked at their school-Maxine Carr. A tragic consequence of this "soft information" is that people can easily wreck the career of a professional person by making any accusation to the police. The police have a duty to investigate and often a crucial part of this process is to arrest and interview the person. If the person is not charged or found innocent by the court this is still on the "other relevant information" part of their CRBs. It is making criminals of innocent people. Thousands of people have been sacked and have been refused employment because of this non-conviction information. The saying "innocent until proven guilty" does not now apply. On an enhanced CRB any allegation and arrest carries the same weight as a conviction.