An applicant has disclosed a criminal record – what’s my first step?

To establish whether you can legally take this information into account you will need to know whether the role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA).

An applicant has disclosed unspent criminal convictions – what should I do?

There is a lot of confusion about criminal records. Confusion can create anxiety. Anxiety can lead to risk-aversion. It’s easy to make assumptions about someone with a criminal record. However, when you have a clear process in place for assessing criminal records, you are better able to assess information and make confident recruitment decisions.

I want to establish a process for assessing criminal record

A clear process means you can be fair to applicants and make confident, evidence based recruitment decisions. It is also a requirement of data protection law and the DBS code of practice

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