W v Chief Constable of Northumbria: Admn 7 Apr 2009

The claimant challenged the decision of the respondent to reveal to his employers details of a conviction in 1987, when he was 15, for sexual assault on a child, and that he was presently on bail pending a decision for a further allegation. He was employed to make deliveries including to private homes. He was summarily dismissed, but the investigation referred to did not proceed to charge. The spent conviction was not of a character to make it exemption from being spent. The officer had had no regard to the Home Office circular controlling such disclosures.
Held: The claimant had been given opportunity to explain the extent of his contact with children but had not done so. The decision to disclose was made by a senior officer, not the one complained of. The spent conviction should not have been disclosed, but the police were entitled to take it into account in judging the need to disclose the then current investigation.

Nicol J
[2009] EWHC 747 (Admin)
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1974, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 5(5)4
England and Wales
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