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Unfortunately it is not unlawful for someone to refuse to offer you a course because of your past criminal or substance misuse history. You may feel it is morally wrong, which I would agree with, but it is certainly not unlawful. The course provider has the right to choose who they provide their courses to and they can make that decision based on a wide range of factors. As long as they are not discriminating in the process, such as denying you the opportunity to take the course due to your race, gender, age, religion, etc then their decision would not be unlawful. Substance misuse and criminal past are not discriminatory reasons and as such can be used to make a decision on whether to offer you the opportunity to take the course or not. Unfortunately moral rights have nothing to do with legal rights and it is the legal rights that would prevail
Oh okay .. was hoping that it would be a valid reason and considering they have not even met me I just think its terrible when a counselling course it meant to be all about being honest and transparent - I did not even have to give them the information but thought honesty would be the best policy .. never mind :(
No I am afraid there are limited reasons that would make their decision discriminatory, that would usually include the factors I mentioned above - age, gender, race, religion, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marriage. But it does not include the ones they have relied on here unfortunately
Okay well thanks for letting me know will still make my feelings known anyway and will move on from there and perhaps keep that information to myself from now on - which is what they are encouraging is dishonesty - does not make sense but thanks anyway
You have nothing to lose by trying to appeal their decision and letting them know how you feel about it.
Okay I will do and thanks for your help -
You are most welcome, all the best