Ullapool Dance ltd
Policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
We will treat any applicant for any position (paid or voluntary) within our organisation fairly and not discriminate unfairly against the subject of a disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.
We will request a Standard or Enhanced disclosure only where it is necessary and relevant to the position sought.
Where a position requires a disclosure we will make this clear on the application form, job advert and any other information provided about the post.
At interview we will ensure that open and measured discussions can take place on the subject of offences.
Failure to reveal information at interview, that is directly relevant to the position sought, could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment.
At interview or when receiving a disclosure which shows a conviction or which contains intelligence of significance to working with children and families, we will use our professional judgement and take into consideration
• Whether the conviction/intelligence is relevant to the position being offered.
• The seriousness of the offence revealed.
• The length of time since the offence took place.
• Whether the applicant has a pattern of offending behaviour.
• Whether the applicant’s circumstances have changed since offending took place.
We will ensure that all our members (staff or volunteers) involved in the recruitment process are aware of this policy and have received relevant training and support.
Any applicant for any post that requires a disclosure may receive a copy of this policy and the Code of Practice.
We believe that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged. In our group, if we have suspicions about a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well being, we will take action.
All volunteers or staff are encouraged to share concerns with the group’s Child Protection Lead. If the situation is clearly an urgent case, the child is too frightened to go home or we have very serious doubts about the child’s safety, we will contact Social Work Services or Police immediately.
If our concerns are more general about a child’s welfare, then we will discuss these with our group’s Child Protection Lead, who would then make a referral to an appropriate professional for assessment of the child’s needs. It is important that all volunteers and staff communicate concerns accurately. To this end, volunteers and staff will follow the procedures below;
Upon the receipt of any information from a child or suspicions, it is necessary to make an accurate and detailed written record of what they have seen, heard or know, at the time the event occurs;
Share their concerns with the Child Protection Lead for the group and agree what action to take;
Avoid asking any more questions than are necessary to clarify whether there is a concern. Always REFER to statutory services to undertake in depth INVESTIGATION of any suspicions or allegations about abuse.
If we have concerns we must act - it may be the final piece of the jigsaw that is needed to protect that child - or we may prevent further children from being hurt.
Both the local Area Social Work Office and Police Office telephone numbers are to be found in the telephone directory. For ease of reference note them below
Area Social Work Office: 01349 868567
Local Police Station: 0845 600 5703
Out of hours Social Work Emergency Service: 0845 601 4813
General Child Protection Enquiries: 01463 703488