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Criminal Records: Disclosure of Information

Home Office written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to reform the disclosure of criminal records to ensure that (a) minor and (b) historical crimes do not appear on enhanced criminal records checks, affecting the job prospects of those convicted years after their conviction.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The criminal records disclosure regime is designed to help employers make informed recruitment decisions through the disclosure of appropriate and relevant information, particularly for roles involving children and vulnerable adults.

The Government is considering the judgment in the Supreme Court case of P and others. This judgment found two aspects of the disclosure and barring regime disproportionate. These are the requirements for disclosure where an individual has more than one conviction, irrespective or offence type or time passed and of certain out-of-court disposals issued to young offenders, (in particular, reprimands and warnings).

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