The Police Disclosure of Non-conviction Information to Employers (1986–2010)

  • Terry Thomas
  • Kevin Bennett


The disclosure of ‘non conviction information’ to employers emerged quietly in the mid-1980s with only minimal public discussion. Within a few years, it had embedded itself within the general criminal record disclosure arrangements. These arrangements were based on Home Office circulars until the passing of the 1997 Police Act when they became subject to a statutory framework. The first real legal challenge came in the case of R(X) in 2004 which prioritised the employer’s right to know about ‘non conviction information’ over the job applicant’s right to privacy. Guidance was produced for the police on how to make decisions to disclose but, for the applicant, a more effective legal challenge was made in the case of R(L) in 2009.


‘Non-conviction information’ disclosure Police Act 1997 ‘Additional information’ ‘Approved information’ List 99 Consultancy Service ‘Registered bodies’ 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Thomas
    • 1
  • Kevin Bennett
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.University of SunderlandSunderlandUK

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