Criminals convicted of possession of drugs, theft and minor assault receive clean slate if they try to find a job under the new laws that Sajid Javid has proposed
- Minister of the Interior is considering new rules to give small criminals a second chance
- Minor offenses would be hidden from potential bosses to improve job opportunities
- But campaigners of victims fear that the proposals could be a risk to the public
Criminals with small convictions are given a clean slate to prevent them from being denied jobs under Home Office plans.
Interior Minister Sajid Javid revealed yesterday that he is reviewing a rule that allows bosses to know the criminal history of their potential employees.
The current rule stipulates that job seekers with a criminal conviction show them automatically to interviewers if they have more than one.
But under new plans, crimes such as drug possession, theft or minor attacks will not be made public by employers through public disclosure and blocking (DBS) as a matter of course.
Interior Minister Sajid Javid is considering revising the rules for less serious offenses to give small criminals the chance of a new start
Javid said he believes that juvenile offenders who want to prevent their life chances from being ruined by crime need a second chance.
He said: & # 39; If a young person has committed two crimes today, whatever they are – for example, if they have toiled twice in the bank when they were 11 and 12 or something, that record may linger for years if be an adult.
They may notice that they never get a good chance to turn around. I think we should be wise and look at things like this again. & # 39;
Another rule being evaluated requires that warnings or accusations given to a child for serious violations, such as assault, should also be disclosed to employers for life by the DBS.
However, the advocate for the rights of victims warned that these proposals could endanger the public. David Green, from Civitas think tank, said that employers who & # 39; had above-average levels of honesty & # 39; requirements, should receive the complete information.
He told the Daily Telegraph: "A potential employer may decide to ignore an isolated case of shoplifting when a candidate was 14, but it is true that this group of employers is given complete information.
& # 39; If they are denied, they cannot fully protect their customers. There is very little wrong with the current law. & # 39;
But Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, a charity campaigning for the reform of the criminal record, said a fundamental revision was needed.
He described the case of a 30-year-old woman with convictions for stealing a 99p book and not appearing in court who could not get a job as a teacher.
& # 39; This will give thousands of people a fairer chance every year when applying for work or volunteering without the stigma and disgrace of having to reveal mistakes they might have made years – sometimes decades – & he said .
Conviction of drug possession, theft and petty assault can be hidden from potential employers under a new proposal being considered by the Interior Minister