Positive disclosure - a discussion guide

16 / 03 / 2021

Updated in March 2021, this discussion aid supports recruiting managers to follow best practice when an applicant declares a previous criminal conviction, or if a caution is disclosed following a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

It is important that there is an opportunity for applicants to provide the circumstances and context around any convictions declared. Managers should only consider convictions and cautions that are specifically relevant to the position being appointed to.

This guide contains initial considerations, tips for the discussion with the applicant, and links to other helpful resources and guidance.

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