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Criminal Records and child abuse records that cause problems with employment or getting government benefits

Criminal Records and child abuse records that cause problems with employment or getting government benefits

Criminal records and child abuse records may cause problems when applying for jobs or government benefits.  A criminal record includes any time that you were arrested, even if you were never convicted.  A child abuse record is not a criminal record, but is a separate record that is created if someone makes a complaint that a child in your care was abused or neglected.  

It is important to know your rights if you have a criminal record or child abuse record. If you have a criminal record or child abuse record, it is important to do what you can to clear that record.  Even if you cannot clear your record, getting turned down for a job because of a criminal record may be against the law.  If your rights have been violated, or if you need help clearing your criminal or child abuse record, we may be able to help.

How to get help

Walk-in Intake

Community Legal Services
Center City Office

1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm