25th September 2020
The current childhood criminal records system, governed under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, allows widespread and lengthy disclosure of childhood criminal records. A criminal record can block access to employment, education, housing and insurance. Childhood criminal records act as a barrier to opportunity and endure throughout adulthood, making them, in effect, life-sentences. Between 2014 and 2018 nearly 850,000 people were affected by the disclosure of youth criminal record on a standard/enhanced check.