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), The ClementJames Centre complies fully with the code of practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly.
The ClementJames Centre undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a criminal record check on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
The ClementJames Centre can only ask an individual to provide details of convictions and cautions that The ClementJames Centre are legally entitled to know about.
The ClementJames Centre is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, volunteers, potential staff and volunteers, or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.
The ClementJames Centre 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.
The ClementJames Centre actively promotes equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcomes applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records.
The ClementJames Centre’s selection process considers candidates on the basis of their skills, qualifications and experience.
An application for a criminal record check is only submitted to DBS when it is both proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a criminal record check is identified as necessary, all application forms will contain a statement that an application for a DBS certificate will be submitted in the event of the individual being offered the position.
The ClementJames Centre ensures that there will be a member of staff involved in each recruitment process who has been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences, and who has received appropriate guidance and training in relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders.
The ClementJames Centre ensures that an open and measured discussion with the applicant takes place on the subject of 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.
The ClementJames Centre 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.
The ClementJames Centre undertakes to discuss any matter revealed on a DBS certificate with the individual seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.