One-day workshop

This is one of the best courses I have been on. The trainer gave us practical assessment tools that had real life resonance.

This course has helped us to re-examine and refresh our policies and linkages to our safeguarding processes.

This one-day workshop equips you with the knowledge and practical resources you need to be confident in admitting students with criminal records and ensuring that your processes comply with recent changes to legislation.


Standard rate: £229
Concession rate (third and public sector organisations): £199

We also deliver this course in-house at a time and location convenient to you. For further details, please email us or call us on 0845 600 3194.

About the course

In November 2015, the Government announced that it wants the percentage of Higher Education students from disadvantaged backgrounds to double by 2020. There are more than 10 million people in the UK (around 20% of the working population) who have a criminal record. The majority of these individuals have committed relatively minor offences, but many educational establishments have concerns about potential risks that might be involved when considering an applicant with a criminal record. For courses that lead to regulated professions, many report facing difficulties with securing work placements required for successful completion of the course.

This course will help you develop the legal knowledge and skills you need to strike the right balance between safeguarding and enabling people with criminal records to have equal access to education opportunities. The course also provides a toolkit of practical resources to help you develop fair and inclusive admissions policies and procedures.

Who is it for?

Staff with responsibility for student admissions or student placements that involve DBS checks, as well as those responsible for safeguarding or student conduct committees.


By the end of this course you’ll have a greater understanding of how you can:

  • Improve your student body diversity
  • Minimise any potential or perceived risks that might be involved
  • Recruit from a wider pool of potential talent
  • Improve your corporate reputation
  • Avoid unnecessary and costly legal pitfalls


  • Understand and apply the relevant legislation that impacts upon student admissions, including the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA), the ROA Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013) and the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Understand how to implement safer admissions policies and practices
  • Use the tools learnt during the session to develop effective risk assessment policies and procedures
  • Learn how to interpret and manage criminal record disclosure information to inform your risk assessment processes
  • Learn how to gather other necessary information to carry out effective risk assessments on applicants, or existing students, who have criminal records or have been subject to serious allegations
  • Understand how to manage allegations that have been made against applicants or existing students

We offer scheduled training sessions throughout the year and additional dates when there is enough demand.

Nacro aims to positively change lives, enhance social inclusion and strengthen communities. Nacro’s Employer Advice Service gives organisations the confidence to assess and manage risk in relation to the disclosure of criminal records and allegations relating to applicants or existing staff or volunteers.

Nacro’s Employer Advice Service is a free, confidential advice line that offers expert advice and operational support to organisations, including education institutions, to help them strike a balance between safeguarding and enabling people with criminal records to have equal access to education, training, employment and other opportunities. For more information contact Nacro’s Employer Advice Service on 0845 600 3194 or email us.