Our over-riding aim is to reduce reoffending and protect the public.
It gives people with spent convictions and cautions the right not to disclose them when applying for most jobs, and for other products and services such as buying a house or insurance.
Certain criminal convictions are ‘spent’ (forgotten) after a rehabilitation period. This period varies according to the offence. Apart from those given prison sentences of more than four years, most people with convictions will benefit from the Act as some point in their lives.
The LASPO (Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders) Act 2012 which came into force in March 2014 changed the rehabilitation period.
The new rehabilitation period is the period of the sentence – which includes the time spent on licence – plus a buffer period which applies from the end of the sentence.
More information can be found by visiting: http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/spent-now-brief-guide-changes-roa/
For people aged 18 years or over at the time of conviction:
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.
Jobs where you have to disclose spent convictions include:
For more information about disclosing your conviction to employers, please speak to your offender manager, or visit the National Careers Service website.