Understanding what's on your criminal record | Nacro
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Your criminal record and disclosure

Your criminal record is held on a central database called the Police National Computer. When you apply for jobs, college or university, for insurance, or for housing, you may be asked to disclose your criminal record and complete a DBS check.

Criminal record checks and disclosure – what shows up?

Frequently asked questions on criminal record checks and disclosure.

Can I stop information showing up on my DBS?

If your offence is spent, or if it would be filtered out, then it won’t show up on a basic DBS check.

Spent and unspent convictions – what are they?

Information and advice around The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

The right to be forgotten online

The right to be forgotten is a term that describes the desire of individuals to get on with their lives without being perpetually or periodically stigmatised.

I would just like to update you. I have been offered a bank role at Northampton oncology centre. Your advice has proved invaluable, and I just wanted to thank you for everything.
Orlan was driving home after work, where he unpacked and delivered magazines, when he was stopped for speeding. The policeman found the penknife he used to cut open the boxes in his boot and he received a caution. Orlan later studied oncology at UEL in 2017. After applying for dozens of jobs unsuccessfully Orlan turned to Nacro for help and support with his disclosure.
Criminal recrod support service staff member on Nacro helpline

You can contact us on 0300 123 1999 helpline@nacro.org.uk

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 1pm – 5pm

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