Do we need a policy on recruiting people with criminal records?
I want to advertise a vacancy but we need to ask about criminal records – how should I go about this?
  • Asking about criminal records at application stage is unlikely to be necessary or proportionate
  • If you plan to ask at a later stage, or will carry out DBS checks, you should let applicants know
  • Let applicants know the purpose of asking and what will happen to their information
  • Your privacy policy should explain how you comply with GDPR – let applicants know where to find it
  • Use our handy checklist to make sure you’re doing everything you need to
  • More information: Approach to specific vacancies – A checklist [Practical guidance]
I’m confused by all the legislation surrounding criminal records and disclosure – where can I find some simple guidance?
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, the Police Act 1994, the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 are key to understanding how to approach dealing with criminal records as part of your recruitment process
  • More information: Understanding criminal record disclosure legislation [Practical guidance]
Do I need to tell our insurers that we’re employing people with unspent convictions
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