Disclosure of youth criminal records Contents


1 Introduction

Background to the inquiry

Inquiry terms of reference and evidence received

2 The case for change

The extent of disclosure of youth criminal records

DBS standard and enhanced certificates, 2014/2015

Consistency with the aims of the youth justice system

The impact on employment

The impact on education, housing, insurance and travel





Rehabilitation periods under the ROA 1974

Operation of the filtering scheme

The Law Commission’s review of non-filterable offences

Compatibility with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Disclosure of police intelligence

Discriminatory impact of disclosure regime

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Beijing Rules

Criminal records acquired by young adults

3 Changing the statutory framework

International comparisons

A question of balance

Reducing rehabilitation periods

Refining the filtering regime

A system of review

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1 : the criminal records disclosure system

Disclosure and Barring Service

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The Exceptions Order and the Police Act regulations

The filtering scheme

Police retention and disclosure of information

Annex 2: Informal note of seminar on disclosure of youth criminal records, 13 December 2016

Plenary session

Table 1 discussion

Table 2 discussion


Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

24 October 2017