|MILFORD DEL POLICY AND PROCEDURE
||Recruitment of ex-offenders
Policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders
It is a requirement of the CRB’s Code of Practice that all Registered Bodies must treat CRB applicants who have a criminal record fairly and do not discriminate because of a conviction or other information revealed. It also obliges Registered Bodies to have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders; a copy of which can be given to CRB applicants at the outset of the recruitment process.
- As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, Milford Del Support Agency complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a CRB check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
- Milford Del Support Agency is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.
- We have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which is made available to all CRB applicants at the outset of the recruitment process.
- We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applicants from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.
- A CRB check is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a CRB check is required, all application forms and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that a CRB check will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position.
- Where a CRB check is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. We request that this information is sent under separate, confidential cover, to a designated person within Milford Del Support Agency and we guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process.
- Unless the nature of the position allows Milford Del Support Agency to ask questions about your entire criminal record, we only ask about ‘unspent’ convictions as defined in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- We ensure that all those in Milford Del Support Agency who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance and training in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
- At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment.
- We make every subject of a CRB check aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and make a copy available on request.
- We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a CRB check with the person seeking the position, and if required seek permission from the local council to appoint, before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.