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Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy 


Company Name: Teachers Together Ltd (“the Company”) 


Policy No.  REO1 

Policy Name: Recruitment of Ex-offenders Policy 

Date: 26/5/2020 

Version: 1 

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), Teachers Together complies fully with the code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. This will help us to improve our standards as a leading Recruitment agency in Hertfordshire.  


1. Teachers Together undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check based on a conviction or other information revealed 


2. Teachers Together can only ask an individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that Teachers Together 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) 


3. Teachers Together can only ask an individual about convictions and cautions that are not protected 


4. Teachers Together 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 


5. Teachers Together 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 


6. Teachers Together actively promotes equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records 


7. Teachers Together select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience 


8. 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 


9. Teachers Together ensures that all those in Teachers Together who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences 


10. Teachers Together 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 


11. At interview, or in a separate discussion, Teachers Together ensures that an open and measured discussion takes place about 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 


12. Teachers Together 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 


13. Teachers Together undertakes to discuss any matter revealed on a DBS certificate with the individual seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment. 

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