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Student's job hopes hit by unlawful disclosure

A student dental nurse's education and job prospects were blighted by the unlawful disclosure of a caution for a teenage assault incident, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Treacy expressed deep concern at the “grave error” accepted by police, and set out the need to investigate and notify any others whose privacy has been breached in the same way.

He also quashed a decision by the North West Regional College to refuse a work placement on the woman's course, finding that using the information against her was unjustified and unfair.

The judge said: “This young lady has needlessly lost a year at college blighting, albeit temporarily, her education and employment prospects and impugning her reputation in a very public manner.”

His verdict paves the way for a possible award of damages to the 23-year-old woman, whose identity was not revealed in court proceedings. She has no criminal convictions, but was given a restorative youth caution in 2006 for an assault incident when she was aged 17 and had taken drink.

Details of it were wrongly included in an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (EDC) which led to her being denied a work placement on her dental nursing course earlier this year.

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