Safer admissions training for students with criminal records | Nacro

Safer admissions of students with convictions

One-day workshop for practitioners


There are more than 12 million people in the UK (around 20% of the working population) who have a criminal record.

Most 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. We also provide delegates with a toolkit of practical resources to help you develop fair and inclusive admissions policies and procedures.

Who is this course for?

We have designed this course for the following:

  • Student admissions professionals
  • Career advisors for students
  • Student services professionals
  • University and college professionals co-ordinating work placements that involve DBS checks for students

Learning outcomes

Focussed on supporting institutions to achieve their widening participation and social mobility objectives, this course is aimed at minimising any potential or perceived risks, improve your corporate reputation and student diversity, and ensuring legal compliancy.

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

  • 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 in 2020),  and the Data Protection Act 2018
  • 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

Course details

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

What previous delegates have said

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

“This course has helped us to re-examine and refresh our policies and linkages to our safeguarding processes.”
Director of Student Services

Costs and booking information

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