Church of England Diocese of Winchester South Wonston

Safeguarding: Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

• As an organisation assessing applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), South Wonston PCC complies fully with the DBS code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.

• South Wonston PCC undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

• South Wonston PCC can only ask an individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that South Wonston PCC are legally entitled to know about. Where a DBS certificate at either standard or enhanced level can legally be requested (where the position is one that is included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 as amended, and where appropriate Police Act Regulations as amended).

• South Wonston PCC can only ask an individual about convictions and cautions that are not protected.

• South Wonston PCC is committed to the fair treatment of its staff and volunteers, potential staff and volunteers, or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependents, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

• South Wonston PCC has a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which is made available to all DBS applicants at the start of the recruitment process.

• South Wonston PCC actively promotes equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcomes applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records.

• South Wonston PCC select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.

• An application for a criminal record check is only submitted to DBS after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a criminal record check is identified as necessary, 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 the individual being offered the position.

• South Wonston PCC ensures that all those in South Wonston PCC who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. South Wonston PCC also ensures 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, South Wonston PCC ensures 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 or voluntary position.

• South Wonston PCC makes every subject of a criminal record check submitted to DBS aware of the existence of the code of practice and makes a copy available on request.

• South Wonston PCC undertakes to discuss any matter revealed on a DBS certificate with the individual seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment or voluntary position.

Approved by PCC meeting of: 20.01.20 (Date)

Signed by: PCC Chair Revd Mark Bailey (Signature)

21.01.20 (Date)

Parish Safeguarding Officer Mrs Julie Berry (Signature)

29.01.20 (Date)