Following work by the Standing Committee of Youth Justice (SCYJ), of which Wipetheslateclean is a member, the Justice Committee has launched a short inquiry into the system governing the disclosure of criminal records in relation to offences committed by people when under 18 years old.
The Committee is now calling for evidence to be submitted and welcomes written submissions on:
- The appropriateness and effectiveness of the statutory framework applying to the disclosure to employers and others of criminal records relating to offences committed by people when under 18 years old
- whether that framework and the way in which it is operated in practice strike an appropriate balance between protection of employers and the public, on the one hand, and the rehabilitation of people committing offences when young, on the other hand
- the effects in respect of the disclosure of such records of changes made in 2013 to the filtering of offences from criminal records checks and in 2014 to rehabilitation periods.
This is excellent news and provides the opportunity for individuals and organisations who feel they have been impacted by Disclosure rules to tell their story. The deadline for submissions is Friday 11 November 2016.