Disclosure Advice

What is Disclosure Advice?

Approximately 30,000 people are convicted in Northern Ireland each year. Many of these people receive their convictions for minor offences and few pose a serious risk of harm, but they can all face discrimination when they apply for a job. This means that people who have offended with skills, experience and knowledge are not able to contribute to the economy.

We know that the criminal records regime can be complex and confusing, whether you are a person with a criminal record or you are an employer or other organisation who is dealing with applicants disclosing conviction or offending information.

To help provide some clarity and advice about criminal record disclosure issues, a group of volunteers and staff in NIACRO provide a helpline to respond to queries.

What does the Disclosure Advice service offer?

The Disclosure Advice team can provide some direction and advice concerning how to disclose your criminal record.

We can also provide guidance on how to recruit fairly and on what the law says in relation to this: find out more about our training for employers.

How can I access this service?

The Disclosure Advice team can be contacted on 028 9032 0157 ext 3222. Our Advice Line is available Monday to Friday from 10.30am - 3.30pm.

Alternatively, please email our Disclosure Hub.

Advice and information on how and when to disclose conviction information is also available from the links below:

Looking For Work and Disclosing Convictions.

Disclosure: Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note these documents should be used as a guide only; for specific information relating to disclosure in Northern Ireland, please contact AccessNI.