Peter’s Story

Peter was convicted of Actual Bodily Harm 37 years ago, after acting in self-defence protecting a pregnant woman from assault.

Although the magistrates said his actions were commendable, he had broken the law and so received a 1-year conditional discharge and a fine of £75. He was 18 years old at the time. According to the current system, this type of offence has to stay on his enhanced criminal records check forever. Peter works in private education where he has to declare his conviction annually, something he is embarrassed about even though the school are already aware. And he thinks it’s ruled him out of jobs in the past.

“I know on at least five job applications I have met every detail of the job specification, but because I was honest, I never even got an interview! Surely after 37 years I shouldn't have to declare the offence on a DBS. I am completely rehabilitated, a happy family man who made one error when I was 18 years old.”

How can you help?

To create a fairer criminal record disclosure system, we need the support of MPs. You can help by contacting your local MP to tell them why you feel the system is unfair and needs to change.

You can also sign our petitions to draw attention to the movement and talk to your friends and family to encourage them to take action too!

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