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Hello all,

Years ago when I was very poorly I done something stupid and I was taken into cusody. I was allowed out on bail to then go court. Anyway I was prosecuted and have a police record.

My employers are asking for my police record due to the job I do.

I am embarrassed of my police record and every time I have to talk about it it brings memories back that I want to forget. I'm also worried what they will say. They don't know I suffer from bi polar and I would like to keep it separate.

I don't know what to do. Any advice.

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You have a conviction. I think it is a 12-year wait before it drops off your record. You would need to look it up tho.
 
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Yes and that's the worrying part... I can't say I was in a bad place so I tried to kill myself by doing ........ and then ran from the police.. ended up in custody being watched by camera.. then charged.. let out and then did it all again but this time waking up in a hospital bed. I have been thinking about this since my boss said they want the record and do I lie or give my notice in.
 
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It depends on the job and what level of disclosure is needed for it. My husband has been in your position for non custodial sentances for most jobs it's 5 years, for custodial senta nces it's 10-20 years depending on length of sentances.

If your job requires enhanced disclosure e.g. if you work with vulnerable people then I don't think a conviction is ever considered spent and would always need to be declared.
 
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Yes the rules are different for a basic check. I am not sure on those timescales.
 
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It would be enhance. A friend told me to ring police station but I'm so embarrassed by it all I don't want to approach the subject.
 
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I would keep the explanation vague, and explain you were under duress.
 
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All I have done is try to better myself and decided to go into counselling so I went to college and studied. I feel this could be a massive blow. One which I not prepared for. I have supervision soon but feel if I disclose this information they will let me go.
 
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All I have done is try to better myself and decided to go into counselling so I went to college and studied. I feel this could be a massive blow. One which I not prepared for. I have supervision soon but feel if I disclose this information they will let me go.
You would have to look carefully at the link I gave you - to check if your offense will be 'protected' after 11 years. It is a bit complicated.

I guess what I mean is, is that in the worst case scenario - you will have to wait 3 years before you can practice. It is not the end of the world.

In the meantime you have an opportunity to fight for your job and explain why you think you should be allowed to continue.
 
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If it's enhanced then I think you need to speak to them about your bipolar and explain as it will come up on your DBS check anyway. If you quit then you definitely won't get the job, if you explain things to them there's a good chance you will still keep the job. It's up to you what you do, my husband avoids applying for jobs which need enhanced checks but it's a shame to let your illness hold you back from what you want to do. I know for a fact that our local hospital employs people as porters through a probation service scheme as my husband's probation worker suggested applying.
 
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Ok thank you for your replies. I will look at link first thing tomorrow as I need to fill out forms tomorrow because employer wants them asap for my registration.

I really want this. I worked so hard for 4 years studying. I have never liked rejection so I have always walked before they could but now is the time to face my fears and hopefully it will work out.
 
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If it's any help, I work in a professional job in healthcare with vulnerable people. I have a couple of colleagues that I know of with bipolar who are well supported, both are in senior positions (one very senior).
 
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If it's any help, I work in a professional job in healthcare with vulnerable people. I have a couple of colleagues that I know of with bipolar who are well supported, both are in senior positions (one very senior).
Some people suggested I had bipolar and learning disabilities but because I scored an IQ of 76 I was chucked off from the services.
 
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Some people suggested I had bipolar and learning disabilities but because I scored an IQ of 76 I was chucked off from the services.
I know somebody with a IQ of 73 who was denied support from learning disability services and placed into a mental health hospital where she was vulnerable. Mental health hospital = 13/14 patients to 2/3 staff supervising. Learning disability hospital 10 patients to 6 staff.
 
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Yes just talk to them about it if you explain it to them they will even respect you for it.
They will either say yes or no.
Either way it's worth a try.
 
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I think its so wrong. In the United States of America if somebody scores an IQ of 80 something then there considered to have a learning disability and seeing that this country is so hell bent on becoming an American state why is that the British govenment have to go lower to 70? Its not right so many venerable people are now at risk.
 
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