Spent and Unspent Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence it will be recorded on the Police National Computer.  Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 criminal convictions can become spent or ignored after a rehabilitation period. The rehabilitation period varies depending on the sentence or order imposed by the court. Custodial sentences of more than two and half years can never become spent.

In most other cases, spent convictions do not have to be disclosed by you and should not be disclosed by the police, to an employer.  However, in certain jobs or voluntary positions, such as working with children, all convictions are exempt, including spent convictions and must be disclosed.  This includes convictions for consenting sexual acts which are no longer offences such as buggery. Galop believes this is unfair and is working to challenge this.  Please contact us for more details.

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