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.

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What’s wrong with the above?

  1. 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.
  2. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants have to disclose “any convictions, cautions….”. It fails to take into account the DBS filtering process. It also asks for permission to undertake a ‘Disclosure Check of Police Records’ – such a check does not exist.
  3. It’s out of date. It refers to the Criminal Record Bureau, which was scrapped in 2012.
  4. It’s not good practice. A broad ‘tick-box’ on an application form goes against good practice promoted by the Ban the Box campaign. For this particular role, there could have been a very specific question about whether an applicant is an relevant barred lists.

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Christopher Stacey