Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

We assess applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order. This involves using criminal record checks. Consequently, the checks are processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Importantly, Bridge Education complies fully with the code of practice.  Bridge Education treat all applicants for positions fairly during the recruitment process.

We do not discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.

We can only ask an individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that we are legally entitled to know about.  This can be a DBS certificate at either standard or enhanced level. (Also, under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 as amended, and where appropriate Police Act Regulations as amended).

Bridge Education can only ask an individual about convictions and cautions that are not protected. We are committed to the fair treatment of its staff. We are also committed to the fair treatment of potential staff or users of its services. This is regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

Bridge Education has a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. This is made available to all DBS applicants at the start of the recruitment process.