Previous Convictions & CRB Checks

This section tells you about changes to the sexual offences laws and how these affect previous convictions for offences which have now been decriminalised. It gives advice on what can and cannot be disclosed in a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

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Spent and Unspent Convictions

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CRB Checks

CRB checks enable an employer (or similar) to find out whether a potential employee or volunteer has a current criminal conviction or in some cases previous criminal convictions that might be relevant to the job/position they are applying for.

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Changes in the Law on Sexual Offences

Since 2003, a number of activities which were previously illegal are now legal.

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Stepping Down Offences – Changes in the Law

Until October 2009 it was possible to have the above convictions ‘stepped down’ from your records so they were no longer disclosed by the police to your employer.

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What If You Were Recently Convicted of an Offence?

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Resources

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