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

Your first step should be to establish whether or not 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.

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.

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