Your financial situation

You need to be aware that your offending will not only affect your job but possibly your families’ jobs too.

Working with children

If your job involves a lot of contact with children, for example, if you are a school teacher or a doctor, you will have to leave your job immediately. During your initial interview with the police, they will ask you about your occupation and if necessary, you will be asked to resign. It may also be required that the police disclose your offending behaviour to your employer.

Not working with children

If you are being investigated by the police, then you need to check your work contract. Some contracts will state that you need to disclose to your employer if you have any involvement with the authorities with regards to criminal behaviour. If this is the case, you need to do so, otherwise further down the line when you are convicted, your employer will find out and you will likely be dismissed.

If your contract says you do not need to disclose any involvement with the authorities, then you can continue working without legally needing to disclose your offending to your employer.

Telling your employer about your offending does not automatically mean that you will lose your job. Some employers will allow you to continue working. Nevertheless, you need to be prepared to be asked to leave.

Your partner’s occupation

What many people who are engaging in online sexual offending don’t realise, is that their offending can have an impact on their partner’s job.

For example, if your partner is a childminder, a private music teacher or does any kind of teaching or caring for children at their home, your partner may not be able to continue with that work. Firstly, those children will not be allowed to visit the address whilst you are still living there. Secondly, the parents of these children may need to be spoken to by the police or Children’s Services, which would have a negative effect on your partner’s reputation because parents may not want to work with them.

These examples are also relevant to any other individuals living in the same property as you, including adult children.

Trying to find a job in the future

If you are convicted of online sexual offences related to children, then you are going to experience some barriers with regards to work.

There will be some jobs that you wouldn’t even be able to interview for; mainly anything involving children or vulnerable adults. In addition, you will also face difficulties if you want to teach adults.

When you apply for certain jobs, they ask you to state whether you have any spent or unspent convictions. You can be prosecuted if you fail to disclose spent convictions and they will come to light if your employer runs a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service).

It is also important to be aware that other people living at the same address as you can also fail a DBS check because the check reveals information stating someone with unspent sexual offences lives at the same address.

Please see the table below which describes what the three levels of disclosure are and what information each check will bring back:

Information Included: Basic disclosure Standard disclosure Enhanced disclosure
Unspent criminal convictions  Yes Yes Yes
Spent criminal convictions No  Yes Yes
Cautions, reprimands and final warnings (please see descriptions below chart)  No Yes Yes
Inclusion on children’s lists
(where relevant to post applied for)
No No  Yes
Inclusion on adults’ lists
(where relevant to post applied for)
No No Yes
Other relevant information held by police forces No No Yes

For further information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service.

Your insurance will go up

People with criminal convictions will typically pay more for their house, car and any other type of insurance. This is because the insurance companies believe that committing an offence means you are more likely to take part in risky behaviours, make dangerous choices and be the victim of crime.

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