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I am applying for a job and I'm not sure whether I have to declare my convictions?

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This will depend on what sort of job you are applying for, how old your convictions are and what type of convictions you have. 

While many application forms ask people to 'declare all convictions or cautions', unless an exemption applies, you have the right to withhold information about spent convictions and cautions. 

But remember, the period of time the records are held on police computers may exceed the rehabilitation or 'spent' period.

Even if the record has been removed from police records, it may still be held on record by the courts or your conviction may be an exception. You may wish to seek further guidance from the Citizens Advice Bureau.