Your financial situation

  • What happens if you lose your job?
  • What happens if you have to move out of the family home and rent a different property?
  • How are you going to cope financially?

It is possible that this could happen to you.

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 and the police may be required to disclose your offending 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 said 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 for you to continue working. Nevertheless, you need to be prepared for being asked to leave.

Your partner’s occupation:

What many people who access sexual images of children 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 works with children under 8, 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 at that address. Secondly, it may be that the parents of these children need to be spoken to by the police or Children’s Services; therefore it will have a negative effect on your partner’s reputation because these parents may not want to use their service any more.

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 offences then you are going to experience some barriers with regards to work.

There will be some jobs that you wouldn’t even get an interview for; mainly anything involving children or vulnerable adults. In addition, if you 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 when asked and you will be found out 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 will bring back information stating that there is a person with unspent sexual offences living at that address.

Please see the table below which describes what the three levels of disclosure are 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 see 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 partake in risky behaviours and make riskier choices and be the victim of crime.

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