This practical guide is aimed at social care employers in England and Wales, including individuals who employ their own care and support staff. It may also be of interest to policy makers and commissioners, including local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups as well as organisations who advise and support individuals into employment.
It will help social care employers to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when carrying out criminal record checks and implement safe and fair recruitment policies and procedures.
It will help employers to implement safe and fair recruitment policies and procedures, giving them the confidence and tools to strike the balance between safeguarding people and addressing any barriers that may prevent them accessing a vast potential talent pool.
It will also help employers carry out effective risk assessments on applicants who have criminal records (or have been subject to allegations) so that they can make informed decisions about their suitability for the job.