Criminal Disclosure Laws In England and Wales Ruled Unfair

The High Court has ruled that the current criminal record disclosure requirements for certain jobs in England and Wales are not justifiable and has asked regulations be reworked by the government. The ruling was made after two people claimed the current system has hindered their professional lives due to each receiving minor criminal convictions many years before. Currently, employers in England and Wales are required to perform background checks on specific roles including those that deal with children and vulnerable individuals. Convictions are not disclosed after 11 years, or 5 ½ years if convicted under the age of 18, if there is only one non-violent, non-sexual offence. However, anyone convicted of more than one crime will always have convictions disclosed.
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