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NACRO is the largest crime reduction charity in the UK

After serving a prison sentence, there are a number of factors which lead to reoffending on release. Many prisoners lose their home, their job and contact with their family while they are serving a prison sentence. They may also build up debts, have substance misuse problems, and find solving everyday problems difficult. Nacro works with people to address these problems by challenging their behaviour, supporting them to find and keep settled accommodation, and enabling them to find a way back into education or employment.

You don't need to disclose spent convictions when applying for most jobs. Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 it's unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the grounds of a spent conviction. However, some types of jobs are exempt from this Act – this means you have to disclose spent convictions as well as unspent ones. These jobs include:
  • working with children and vulnerable adults, such as elderly and disabled people
  • senior roles in banking and the financial services industry
  • certain posts connected to law enforcement, including the judiciary and the police
  • work involving national security
  • certain posts in the prison service
  • certain professions in areas such as health, pharmacy and the law
  • private security work.
(source:https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/Pages/convictions.aspx)



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Unlock - is a charity which aims to help people overcome the long-term disadvantages caused by their criminal convictions, and work with government, employers and others to enable people to move on positively in their lives.

Here is Unlock's information on rehabilitation periods