Criminal record access period is under review
Comments are closed. Employers could soon find it difficult to access the criminal records ofprospective staff for offences that happened more than two years ago. Delegates at the CIPD Parole to Payroll conference heard that plans beingconsidered as part of a government review of criminal record disclosure couldresult in the minimum period being cut from six years to two years. The review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will take into accountconcerns that ex-offenders could struggle to find jobs following theintroduction of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), giving employers easy accessto the records of all job applicants. Sue Jago, leader of the Home Office review of the ROA, set to be completedin June, said that reducing the minimum disclosure period made sense. She said: “New disclosure periods will reflect the period in which anex-offender is most likely to offend. If a former offender has not re-offendedin two years then they are less likely to do so.” Jago confirmed that the 10-year disclosure period was unlikely to change forex-offenders with violent and sexual convictions and for jobs that involveworking with children or vulnerable adults. “The move may seem alarming to employers and we do not wantorganisations to take undue risks. “If an individual is not suitable for employment then during that highrisk period you are entitled to all the information,” said Jago. Currently only employers which employ staff responsible for children orvulnerable adults can use the CRB’s disclosure service to check criminalrecords but soon every employer will be able to use its service. All companies will be able to ask job applicants to apply for the minimumlevel of disclosure, known as basic, which will include details of recordedoffences over the past six years. Previous Article Next Article Criminal record access period is under reviewOn 28 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.