Recruiting safely & fairly | Employer criminal record training | Nacro

Recruiting safely and fairly training

One-day workshop


Evidence suggests that the UK is currently suffering from a chronic skills shortage which is holding back the economy (source: BBC news). Indeed, many employers report that they increasingly struggle to find people with the right skills, abilities and mindset to fill their vacancies.

With more than 12 million people in the UK (around 20% of the workforce) holding a criminal record, and the majority of these for relatively minor offences, this represents a huge pool of untapped resource and potential talent.

This course will help you to 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, training, employment and other opportunities. We also provide delegates a toolkit of practical resources to help you implement the changes back at work.


Who is this course for?

We have designed this course for the following:

  • Hiring managers
  • Safeguarding officers
  • In-house lawyers
  • Individuals involve in making or overseeing the recruitment or retention of their workforce


Learning outcomes

The aim of this programme is to minimise any potential or perceived risks with recruiting individuals who have been involved with the justice system. Enabling businesses to recruit from a wider pool of talent, avoid unnecessary and costly legal pitfalls, meet your corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives, and improve the diversity of your workforce.

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

  • Understand and apply the relevant legislation that has an impact on recruitment including: the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA), the ROA Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013) and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • Determine what level of criminal record check is appropriate for the role
  • Understand how to implement safer recruitment policies and practices
  • Use the tools provided to develop effective risk assessment policies and procedures
  • Learn how to interpret and manage criminal record disclosure information to inform the risk assessment process
  • Learn how to gather other necessary information to carry out effective risk assessments on applicants, or existing staff and volunteers who have criminal records or have been subject to serious allegations
  • Understand how to manage allegations that have been made against applicants or existing employees


Course details

We offer in-person and online learning for this course.


What previous delegates have said

“The most relevant training that I have attended in my 34 years’ service.”
Security vetting officer, national employer organisation


Costs and booking information

For a quote and to book for your organisation, please contact