Rehabilitation of offenders and the problems a conviction can cause

The BBC has reported on a case in Tower Hamlets where a man convicted of manslaughter when he was 15 years old is facing criticism for his employment at a school over 15 years later. BBC News Story

This case helps to highlight the difficulties those with convictions can face when they try to secure employment even when the original offence was years in the past and the ex-offender has proved they have successfully turned their life around. Although convictions in most cases become 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act after a period of time has passed and no longer need to be disclosed for employment purposes, there are a number of exceptions when even minor convictions still need to be disclosed. This is often done through a standard or enhanced criminal record check with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). At Lansbury Worthington we are experienced at helping those with convictions move on with their lives and put their past behind them. Whether this is through representations to the DBS, helping those facing barring from certain regulated activates or advising and assisting with job applications there is often something an experienced solicitor can do to help.

If you have any difficulties involving the disclosure of a previous conviction, are facing the prospect of being placed on either the Adult or Child Barred list or need help in trying to secure employment where a conviction will need to be disclosed then you should not hesitate to contact our Disclosure & Barring Service Team.