A recent report by Westminster’s Justice Select Committee called for rules governing the disclosure of childhood criminal records to be relaxed.
According to the report, violent offences committed under the age of 18 should not always be automatically flagged up in checks, because this prevents youngsters from moving on from their past and “creates barriers to rehabilitation”.
The report was welcomed by John Spellar MP who said:
“I have been campaigning for a very long time against the automatic production of criminal records. Very often this means that offences and stupidities committed when people are young and foolish blights their lives. Not only is this particularly unfair on them it’s enormously economically inefficient for the country.”
“I hope that the report is taken seriously by ministers, so that we can properly protect people against those who could commit harm, but enable thousands of others to properly provide for themselves and their families. Stupid actions committed by people when young should not blight the rest of their lives”.