Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
St Peter’s Hospice is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical / mental disability or offending background.
We promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We select candidates for interview on the basis of their skills, qualifications and experience.
Based on a thorough risk assessment, certain roles in our organisation are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and require a satisfactory DBS Disclosure before an appointment can be confirmed. This requirement is set out in adverts and job descriptions for those roles. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
We provide guidance on relevant legislation and good practice to those who are involved in the recruitment process to enable them to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences.
Information on criminal records gained from a DBS check or during the interview process will be discussed in an open and measured way with an applicant and having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to working with St Peter’s. Any decision in respect of employment will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of any offence. Failure to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position could lead to the withdrawal of an offer of employment.