I found this to be an interesting read but unsurprising.
I remember watching something on TV a while ago regarding "safety through anonymity" - which is basically the process of protecting ones self by ensuring nothing of note or interest occurs. I am sure that many of us live by this mantra. Indeed, my situation has taken a further step. Many of my neighbours, family and friends are aware of my situation and as a result I feel that I must be cleaner than clean, and go that extra step in ensuring the neighbourhood is well kept and safe (during the 'beast from the east' I was the oly person to clear the street). Although I do not agree with my conviction, I could not imagine how anyone (no matter how guilty) would ever do anything to put them in a position to be dealing with legalities again.
The RofO, however, is just screwed up. There is that clear 10 year 'risk' window, with the chance of re-offending diminishing over time. So, it makes complete sense to me to having a pretty clear scheme:
Standard disclosure: everything relevant disclosed for a period of 5 years
Enhanced disclosure: everything relevant disclosed - no time period. The person requesting must justify the request, such as working with high-risk-groups, state security etc.and must choose what is relevant such as violent crime, crimes against children, drug & alcohol, terrorism etc.
The problem with any change to the RofO is that is is political. If you look at what is happening with certain offenders in the US - there is absolutely nothing to do with public protection, but political motivation. Sadly, this seems to be the way we are going over here.