In the UK you have the rehabilitation of offenders act, where your convictions become spent
This means in theory that after 7 years, your record is clean
However, like with all these things, there is a catch
If you apply for anything (literally) that this would even be looked at, all of a sudden your whole record is open to the employer or whoever to see
I got my DBS check done, and it was 10 pages long. Even stupid stuff I did when I was really young was on there.
The problem is some of these crimes sound awful, but the description of the conviction does not give any context whatsoever
It’s really disheartening this is the case, as it will forever impede my ability to do certain things, despite me being a reasonable and compliant citizen for years now
This factored into my decision not to pursue a degree in Mental Health Nursing, as I was advised that every time I ever made a change, I’d have to go through the whole process of disclosure each time, and then it’s purely up to the person making a hire decision