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    Basically, as a youth I got in trouble with the law, (I only got a Reprimand; effectively a warning), but since its a recordable offence it stays on my record. Unfortunately, even though it is not a criminal conviction trialled in court, it is still regraded by some employers as significant enough to disclose.

    This is because of changes to retention laws in the UK in 2013, meaning records are kept for longer, and some offences were added to a blacklist that weren't previously on there before. Had the law not changed, this misdemeanour would have been wiped off my record.

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    Is it worth even bothering to disclose it on the application form.

    Please note: It is for a job in local government. The form is electronic and it explicitly asks me to declare unspent convictions.

    But I just think its an excuse to filter down applications. I think the minute they see this they will just throw my application in the bin.
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    (Original post by royal1990)
    Basically, as a youth I got in trouble with the law, (I only got a Reprimand; effectively a warning), but since its a recordable offence it stays on my record. Unfortunately, even though it is not a criminal conviction trialled in court, it is still regraded by some employers as significant enough to disclose.

    This is because of changes to retention laws in the UK in 2013, meaning records are kept for longer, and some offences were added to a blacklist that weren't previously on there before. Had the law not changed, this misdemeanour would have been wiped off my record.

    Anyhow...

    Is it worth even bothering to disclose it on the application form.

    Please note: It is for a job in local government. The form is electronic and it explicitly asks me to declare unspent convictions.

    But I just think its an excuse to filter down applications. I think the minute they see this they will just throw my application in the bin.
    If its still on your record then I believe you have to disclose it, especially in a government where they are extremely likely to run a background check.
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    If you are explicitly asked to provide such details, there is a reason they are asking for this information. It won't be to filter down applications purely by number though, it will be deemed the role falls under the Exceptions within the Rehabilitation Act and that they have a right to assess candidate's suitability based on the information presented.

    With the type of role you are going for you are going to go through a thorough reference check, including some form of DBS check. Anything like this will be flagged up, depending on the nature of the check (standard or enhanced). Not disclosing it is likely to lead to any job offer being retracted, not necessarily down to the details on your record but that you were not truthful in the recruitment process.



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