A number of schools have contacted SPS / Kent-Teach recently after seeing an article published on The Key regarding the GDPR implications of requiring candidates to disclose criminal convictions on application forms.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) requires that:
‘Governing bodies and proprietors must act reasonably in making decisions about the suitability of the prospective employee based on checks and evidence’
Following guidance from our Data Protection Officer we are satisfied that, at this time, the requirement for candidates to disclose details of criminal convictions at the point of application is a proportionate and reasonable measure supporting schools in meeting their safer recruitment responsibilities. As such this does not necessitate any immediate change in current recruitment working practices.
However we will continue to review our advice to schools / academies and seek guidance from our Data Protection Officer to ensure this reflects best practice with regards to data protection. We will advise you should any changes to current practices or documentation be recommended.
Please do contact your HR Consultant should you have any further questions.
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