One of the things that can hold people back in life is a caution or conviction for a minor offence during their teenage years. Under enhanced DBS check rules, someone who has been cautioned as a child for throwing stones at cars would have to declare this incident 20, 30 or even 40 years later when applying for certain jobs.
However there is a campaign to change this ridiculous, and discriminatory system. Together with the charity Transform Justice, Unlock has launched the #FairChecks movement to help push for a fresh start for the criminal records system.
Our outdated criminal records regime is holding hundreds of thousands of people back from participating fully in society. Even a minor criminal history can produce lifelong barriers to employment, volunteering, housing and even travelling abroad, many years after people have moved on from their past. The system needs to change.
The #FairChecks movement is calling for the government to launch a major review of the legislation on the disclosure of criminal records to reduce the length of time a record is revealed.
Because it is the government that has to make changes to the law, we need the support of MPs. We are asking people to go to the #FairChecks website where they can write to their local MP, letting them know that a fair criminal records system is important to them. This is a campaign that Insurance Edge will be supporting with regular news updates because at heart, this is all about fairness and giving people a chance to get on with their lives just like the rest of us.
If you want to know more, then visit the website www.fairchecks.org.uk.