Advice for Employers | Criminal Record Support Service | Nacro
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Criminal record advice for employers

Information for employers:

Employing someone with a criminal record

Many employers employ people with criminal records and have incredibly positive experiences of doing so.

DBS checks

As an employer, you have the right to ask people about their criminal record and to request a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

Asking about criminal records

All employers are entitled to ask applicants to disclose details of any convictions which are not yet spent.

Risk assessments

Before you carry out your risk assessment, it is important that you have gathered as much information as possible.


We can give specialist and tailored advice to employers about hiring people with criminal records.

Training and courses

We have regular and bespoke training available for employers, which can be delivered face-to-face and online.

Nacro spent poster

Download and print

Our Spent Poster sets out the time it takes for main current sentences to become spent.

Criminal recrod support service staff member on Nacro helpline

You can contact us on 0845 600 3194

Our full service will be closed from Fri 22 Dec (2pm) until Tues 2 Jan (9am). We will be operating a limited helpline service between 10am and 4pm on 27th, 28th and 29th Dec.

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Our advisors can help you with any questions you may have.