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Thousands locked out of jobs because of mistakes in youth, campaigners say

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Thousands of people risk being unfairly locked out of jobs because of mistakes in their youth, campaigners have said, as new data showed childhood offences were disclosed in more than 11,000 criminal records checks last year.Politicians and justice campaigners are calling for a reform to the criminal records check system.

They say the widespread release of minor historical offences does not protect the public and leaves people with no opportunity for a clean slate.More than a third of the childhood offences set out in Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates in 2021 happened more than 40 years ago.

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