When applying for jobs, transgender criminals can use a “loophole” to conceal their previous convictions.
Both trans males and trans females are reportedly able to conceal their real names and gender at birth.
This rule applies to those applying for jobs in schools, hospitals, and nurseries.
According to a new report by Keep Prisons Single Sex, criminal record checks on identity are only performed if the person applying for the job discloses their history.
This means that trans criminals can lie about their background in order to conceal any previous convictions.
Even if an employer suspects a former identity, they are unable to check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) due to privacy concerns.
“The purpose of criminal records checks is both to protect the public and to deter those who mean harm from attempting to gain access to children and vulnerable people,” Tory MP Miriam Cates said.
“If predators can avoid detection by changing their name or claiming to be the opposite sex, we can be certain that this DBS loophole will be exploited and children will be harmed,” according to The Telegraph.
It comes less than a month after former Justice Secretary Brandon Lewis stated that transgender people “with male genitalia” should “no longer be held” in women’s prisons.
While Mr Lewis has confirmed that the new rule is not a blanket approach, he has also stated that exemptions will be considered on a “case-by-case” basis.
He also stated that he would present a new policy on the subject later this year.