Criminal records are not normally available for anyone to view online. This is partly due to the fact that everyone has a right to their privacy and because people do make mistakes it is accepted that criminal records should be kept private.
Pedophiles are an exception to this rule as it is considered necessary for parents to be aware if pedophiles live in their neighborhood.
- What a criminal record is
If someone is said to have a criminal record, they have a record against their name that gives details regarding criminal behavior from their past. If a person has a criminal record they should really have kept track of their convictions to know what is on it and what crimes they have been convicted of. Criminal records are often required by potential employers and money lenders to check that a person is credible and reliable.
- What criminal records are used for
Criminal records will be checked in particular for jobs where the employee is given a certain level of trust such as working with money or for someone who has the responsibility to care for others, particularly children and the elderly.
- Criminal record checks
When applying for a job however, it is necessary to reveal a criminal record if you are asked about it. Applications forms for jobs will usually have a section whereby the person applying for the job must tick a box if they have a criminal record and provide details of the offense.