Guidance

New Guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

This guidance will not be valid until 10 March 2014 when changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 come into force.

Detail

This new guidance provides background information on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA), explains who benefits from it, and sets out rehabilitation periods for offences covered by the Act. It has been revised following the implementation of changes to the ROA included in the Legal Aid and Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

It will help you to understand the difference between spent and unspent convictions, and which convictions you need to declare when applying for jobs or insurance.

It also explains where exceptions to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act exist, when certain spent cautions or convictions must be disclosed.