Are you keen to recruit people with a criminal record and looking for help in finding applicants?

If the answer’s yes, this page should help, but make sure you’ve done two things first: Before you start encouraging applications, make sure you’ve developed a policy towards applicants with a criminal record. Each time you recruit, make sure you look at your approach to criminal records and make sure you’re doing everything right; we […]

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Ineligible check for a HGV driver role

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual had been asked by his employer to have an enhanced DBS check. The individual had worked for the company for 13 years and when he initially applied for the job he had not been asked about his criminal record nor had any formal criminal record checks […]

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Misleading question for a volunteer role

Whilst working on a case we came across an application form for a volunteer role at a regional care provider that involved volunteers in its work. We identified a misleading question under their “Disclosure of criminal convictions” section. The question was in connection with an enhanced DBS check and stated: “Have you ever been convicted […]

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Employer does a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check for an unregulated role

We’ve recently worked on a case where an individual had a job offer withdrawn following an ineligible check being undertaken by an employer. The job involved selling IT systems to financial institutions and in his offer of employment the company stated that: “The company is not regulated by the FCA although a majority of the […]

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New official guide for employers on open recruitment

Published by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with Business in the Community, the guide, Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups, comes after high demand from the business world for more help and support for employers to become inclusive. Part of the See Potential campaign, it’s already been welcomed by the FSB […]

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Unlocking the potential of the UK’s ex-offenders

NatWest has published an article about recruiting people with convictions, featuring this site as a source of support for employers. The article is copied below: One remedy to the UK’s skills gap could be to hire more ex-offenders, so what’s the best way of going about this? There are around 1.6 million unemployed people in […]

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National trades directory changes policy on criminal record checks

We were contacted by an individual who had applied to register his business on a directory of recommended and trusted tradespeople. He had been asked to provide the company with a copy of either his basic criminal record (from Disclosure Scotland) or his police record (via a subject access request). A subject access request provides […]

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Zero tolerance approach to DBS checks?

We were recently contacted by an individual who had applied for an assessor role in health and social care. The individual disclosed their conviction to the employer on the application form and at interview and was told that, as their conviction was historical, it would not present a problem. At a second interview, the company […]

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