Recruitment of ex-offenders statement

As a company assessing applicants’ suitability for positions that are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal records checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), we comply fully with the Code of Practice and will treat all applicants for positions fairly.

We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential, and we welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience. We will never discriminate unfairly against any applicant on the basis of information revealed to us.

An application for a criminal record check is only submitted to DBS after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that requesting a check is both proportionate and relevant to the role being carried out. For those roles we identify as requiring a criminal record check, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that an application for a DBS certificate will be submitted in the event of an offer being made.

We ensure that those involved in the recruitment process will have access to advice from colleagues who 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 – for example, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

At interview, or in a separate discussion, we will have an open and measured discussion on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the role. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the role could lead to the withdrawal of an offer of employment or volunteering opportunity.

We make every subject of a DBS disclosure aware of the existence of the Code of Practice. This can be seen on the DBS filtering guide at, or we can make a copy available if necessary. We undertake to discuss any matter revealed on a DBS certificate with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment or volunteering opportunity.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working or volunteering for us. This will depend on the nature of the role and the circumstances and background of the offence/s.