Statement concerning the city council's willingness to consider applications from ex-offenders.
We strive to be an equal opportunities employer and, as such, opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination. All council employees will be recruited, trained and developed on the basis of their ability and the requirements of the job.
Criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only when the conviction is relevant.
Unless the nature of the work demands it, you will not be asked to disclose convictions which are 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Having an 'unspent' conviction will not necessarily bar you from employment. This will depend on the circumstances and background to your offence(s). For certain posts you may be required to declare any previous criminal convictions, and for these posts the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 would not apply.
The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found at the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website. Any failure to disclose the appropriate information could result in dismissal or disciplinary action. Please note that a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position.
As the city council meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment in sensitive jobs will be subject to a criminal record check from the DBS before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions.
Salford City Council is registered with the DBS to access Standard and Enhanced Disclosures on cautions, reprimands and final warnings, as well as convictions.
Further information will be provided as necessary before appointments are made to sensitive posts.
The Disclosure and Barring Service website provides some useful information and guidance.