Recruitment of Ex Offenders Policy

Policy Statement

Rehoboth24 Healthcare Services Ltd provides Nurses and Care Workers to deliver care for vulnerable people in the community. Due to the nature of this work, applicants will be subject to an enhanced disclosure. In order to protect Rehoboth24’s vulnerable service user group, disclosures that evidence inclusion on the POVA list will be excluded from consideration. Seeking a nursing or care post whilst included on the POVA list is a criminal offence to which REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES will respond appropriately. Other offences will be discussed as described below, depending upon their severity, nature and context may also preclude applicants from being considered for a position with the company.

1. As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure services to assess applicants’ suitability for Care and other Management positions which will involve contact with vulnerable adults. REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES complies fully with the CRB Codes of Practice and undertakes to ensure that all applicants for positions are treated fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

2. Due to the nature of the work undertaken by Rehoboth24, no applicant will be accepted if they are included on the current Protection of Vulnerable Adults list held by the Secretary of State. Application by any such person to work in a care setting is a criminal offence and would be dealt with by REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES appropriately.

3. We are committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its service, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical / mental disabilities or offending background with the exception of those who fall into the category mentioned in the preliminary statement above..

4. This policy on the recruitment of ex – offenders is made available to all disclosure applicants at the outset of the recruitment process. 5. As disclosure forms part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal records at an early stage in the application process. We request that this information is sent under separate confidential cover to a designated person (Victor Moyo) within REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES and we guarantee that this information is only seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process.

5. As disclosure forms part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal records at an early stage in the application process. We request that this information is sent under separate confidential cover to a designated person (Victor Moyo) within REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES and we guarantee that this information is only seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process.

6. As positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, an applicant’s entire criminal history will be discussed, including spent convictions. 7. We ensure that all those in Rehoboth Healthcare Services Ltd who are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate training in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, eg Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 8. At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion 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. 9. We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and make a copy available on request.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar anyone from working with REHOBOTH24 HEALTHCARE SERVICES. Any such decision will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of the offences.

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