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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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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Ignoring spent convictions when you need to

This case relates to a large university and the appointment of a fixed term research assistant. The programme lead of this particular project interviewed a gentleman who she stated ‘could not be more ideally suited for the post’. He had the necessary skills and experience and was himself in recovery from an alcohol problem. With […]

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Even some of ‘best’ employers can improve their application forms

This case involves a well-known employer of people with convictions. They actively support the recruitment of people leaving prison and in the community, but when we took a look at their online application form, we were left with a few questions. Under the title “CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS (Offender Act 1974)”, the question on their online form […]

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