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Criminal record advice, information, and guidance

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Why we’re needed

In the United Kingdom, over 12.3 million people have a criminal record. Many people only commit a crime once, often when they are young, but they struggle to move on because they face ongoing barriers finding work, renting a property, volunteering, travelling abroad, or finding insurance.

What we do

We offer people information, advice and guidance on criminal record related issues through our online resources and helpline. This includes helping people understand the rules and their rights when disclosing a criminal record. We can also advocate on people’s behalf if they have been treated unfairly.

With bespoke training and webinars, we also support and advise employers, education providers and other organisations by giving them the confidence to assess and manage risk in relation to criminal records.

In 2022, Nacro’s Employer Advice Service delivered training and consultancy support to 41 employers across England and Wales, which include West London NHS Trust, Housing Group Plus, Birmingham City Council, Maximum UK, Middlesborough College, Girlguiding, Dorset NHS Trust, St Mungos and others.

In 2022

  • 14052

    enquiries through the helpline

  • 71 %

    of cases we provided advocacy on were successful

  • 98 %

    of callers to our helpline would recommend our service

Looking for information or advice?

We offer expert advice on criminal records for:

Nacro were a great support to me. Rupert and Margaret from start to finish were knowledgeable, proactive and reliable. They did not just talk the talk but walked it confidently. Thank you.
Criminal recrod support service staff member on Nacro helpline

Contact us

Call 0300 123 1999 or email

The service is available Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 5pm, and on Fridays from 1pm to 5pm.

Our advisors can help you with any questions you may have.

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