What is a criminal record check?

Jobs that work closely with children, young people or vulnerable adults require a check into the applicant’s criminal background to ensure in particular that they are not barred from working with these groups. 

If you are successful at interview, the council will undertake a range of reference and clearance checks, including an Enhanced Disclosure to further assess your suitability for the role. 

An enhanced check shows any involvement that you have had with the police – cautions, convictions, warnings or reprimands along with any other information that the police feel important to disclose to a potential employer.  We will only request a check to be undertaken if you are successful at interview and any information that is returned on a Disclosure will be treated in the strictest confidence and only shared with those people who need it to make a decision about employment.

If I have a criminal record, can I still apply for a job?

Yes.  A criminal record would not normally be a bar to employment but you must be honest in declaring your record when making your application and be ready to discuss this at interview.   Our aim is to find the most suitable applicant for the job based on skills, experience and any necessary qualifications.

Who do I contact if I need help?

During normal office hours you can ring Corporate HR or look at the DBS information (previously known as CRB) on the gov.uk website.

Corporate HR

Second Floor

Town Hall

Victoria Square



Telephone 01204 338515
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