Recruitment & Rehabilitation of Offenders Policy

This policy operates in line with the Centre’s Confidentiality Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy and Disclosure of Information Policy.

As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to help assess the suitability of applicants for positions of trust, Bath Child Contact Centre complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

Bath Child Contact Centre 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.

This policy is made available to all Disclosure 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 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.

Notwithstanding the above, the welfare of families attending the Centre, in particular the children, and volunteers is paramount; therefore, no applicant who is a convicted Schedule 1 offender will be considered.

A thorough risk assessment has indicated that a disclosure request is both appropriate and relevant to the positions concerned. As an organisation involved with the welfare of children, an Enhanced Disclosure (which asks questions about an entire criminal record) is required for all employees and volunteers and all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement such that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position.

As a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, all applicants called for interview are encouraged to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process under separate, confidential cover to a designated representative within Bath Child Contact Centre. It is guaranteed to applicants that this information will only be seen by those who need to as part of the recruitment process.

All those involved in the recruitment process are suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences and it is ensured that appropriate guidance is available in the relevant legislation.

At interview or in a separate discussion, applicants are assessed through open and measured discussion on the subject of any offences or other relevant matter. All applicants are advised that failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment.

Every subject of a DBS Disclosure is made aware of the existence of the DBS Code of Practice and copy made available on request.

Any matter revealed in a Disclosure will be discussed with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.

A criminal record will not necessarily bar an applicant from being appointed; an offer will be dependent on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the applicant’s offences.