Policy for employing people with convictions: examples and guidance
Stay compliant when writing your policy statement for employing 'ex-offenders'. See a sample policy from the DBS and examples from other schools.
The DBS requires you to have a policy
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requires all registered bodies and organisations in receipt of the DBS update to follow its code of practice – this will include your school or trust.
Under the code of practice you must:
- Have "a written policy on the suitability of ex-offenders for employment in relevant positions"
- Make sure applicants for relevant positions are notified in advance that you will require a disclosure
- Notify applicants of the potential effect of a criminal record history on your recruitment process
- Discuss the content of a criminal record disclosure with an applicant before withdrawing any offer of employment
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 also states that you should have a policy for "the employment of ex-offenders" that applicants can access (see page 53). While this is not a statutory requirement,