As part of our fair access to employment project we’re gathering information on employers who have carried out standard or enhanced checks where only a basic is legally permitted. For some jobs, employers are allowed to consider cautions and spent convictions (unless they have been filtered). Employers recruiting for these jobs are legally permitted to

As part of our fair access to employment project, we work with employers to develop fair policies and practices and highlight good practice. We know that employers don’t always follow their own policy, and that sometimes decision making is subjective. We’re gathering evidence of bad practice and challenge this where we can – and we

Lawrence contacted us concerned that a crown court had provided information about his spent conviction without the proper authority. Lawrence had a spent conviction from 12 years ago which could still be found on the internet. His local residents’ association had used the information they found online to request a Certificate of Conviction from the

We were recently contacted by an individual who was considering applying for a job as a manager in a charity bookshop but had been concerned about the level of criminal record check that the company had requested. They stated that:   xxxx takes its obligation to protect the rights of children and vulnerable people very

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We’re featured in a BBC article that has investigated the use of CRB checks by local councils. Read the article here.

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