Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants

We were contacted by an individual who was looking to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and had been asked to complete a declaration form which contained the following wording: “I confirm that I have now read the notes section and: I have not been subject to any criminal conviction […]

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Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority

The question below appeared on the application form for a job in social care at a local authority. What’s wrong with the above? It’s long and confusing. At the beginning, the phrase ‘unspent’ is used, despite the role involving a level of check that will disclose spent convictions too. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants […]

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Poor application form for a job at a waste disposal company

The question below appeared on the application form for a job at a waste disposal company. What’s wrong with the wording above? It’s not clear. The role is ‘covered by the ROA’ – this means that the applicant doesn’t have to disclose spent convictions. This isn’t made clear in the question. It’s misleading. The use […]

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Be clear what level of check you’re doing

As an employer, it’s not only important that you do the correct level of criminal record check, but it’s also important you communicate that you’re doing the right level. This is something that Morrisons found out when there was a news article where they were ‘slammed for snooping on job applicants’. The article starts off by […]

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Misleading application process and potentially ineligible DBS checks

This case involves an organisation that recruits couriers. We were contacted by an individual who was in the process of applying for a job as a self-employed neighbourhood courier. As part of the online application form, the organisation involved had stated that: “l will ask you to provide a current DBS check (formally CRB). Please […]

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Confusing questions about criminal record checks

We’ve recently worked on a case where the employer had a confusing question about criminal records. We were contacted by an individual who had just received notification from a local school that his application for a teaching position had not been successful. The individual explained that he hadn’t been surprised by the decision as the school […]

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Blanket exclusions for certain offences

We’ve recently worked on a case where an employer had a blanket exclusion for certain offences. We were contacted by an individual who had applied to a training organisation which specialised in working with people with convictions with the aim of getting them into paid employment. The majority of individuals they work with are either […]

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