Making the Decision to Disclose ‘Non-conviction Information’

  • Terry Thomas
  • Kevin Bennett


The advice given to police officers on what to release as ‘non conviction information’ and what to withhold has grown more sophisticated over the years. Early circular advice in the 1980s was quite perfunctory, and only the impact of judicial reviews appears to have made guidance ever more detailed (see, e.g., R(X) 2004 and R(L) 2009). First came the Home Office Circular 2005/5 and later came the (QAF), first produced in 2006, and the first and second editions of the (2012 and 2015) are the most recent manifestations of this guidance.


‘Quality Assurance Framework’ ‘Statutory Disclosure Guidance’ 


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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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