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8 December 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Formerly convicted sex offenders using aliases to claim benefits and apply for work

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In this week’s episode, the Abuse Team discusses the recent headlines surrounding sex offenders using aliases when claiming benefits or applying for work upon their release from prison.

Recent headlines have shed light on a concerning trend involving ex-convicts and sex offenders exploiting loopholes to claim benefits and seek employment under false identities. Whistleblowers have come forward to reveal instances where sex offenders are using false names to navigate restrictions and secure financial support from the the Department for Work and Pensions. This alarming practice not only raises questions about the efficacy of the existing systems designed to monitor and regulate such individuals but also underscores the need for enhanced measures to prevent abuse of the welfare and employment systems.

The use of aliases by ex-convicts poses a significant challenge for authorities attempting to track and manage individuals with a history of criminal offenses, especially those related to sexual misconduct. This situation not only jeopardises the safety of the public but also highlights the gaps in verification processes within the government. As a result, there is a growing call for stricter protocols and improved coordination among various departments to ensure that individuals with a history of serious offenses are not slipping through the cracks.

The headlines have sparked debates about the effectiveness of background checks and the overall transparency of systems in place to prevent individuals with a criminal history from accessing benefits or employment opportunities under false identities.

As authorities grapple with these challenges, there is a pressing need for a collective effort to strengthen safeguards and ensure that individuals with a history of sexual offenses are not able to exploit the system at the expense of public safety.

If you have any questions or concerns about sexual abuse, or would like to get in touch with a member of our team, do not hesitate to contact us today.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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