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Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders


This Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders sets down how an organisation will handle job applications from ex-offenders. This policy has been updated in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 was intended to prevent individuals being rejected for employment on account of a previous criminal conviction, provided that he or she has not subsequently re-offended. Under this Act, a conviction is "spent"' after a defined period of time and so the individual becomes "rehabilitated".

As this policy states, there is a difference in approach to ex-offenders depending on whether or not the job is exempt under the Act. In circumstances where the job is exempt, an employer is entitled to reject an individual for employment on the grounds of a conviction, whether it is spent or unspent.

The Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders covers the following areas:

1. Introduction

2. Jobs Covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

3. Jobs that are Exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

4. Data Protection

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