Ministry of Justice: Recruitment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's implementation plan is for banning the box on job applications.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

On 8 February 2016, as part of a wider set of measures to support the rehabilitation of offenders, the Prime Minister announced that the Civil Service would not ask for details of criminal convictions at the initial recruitment stage, subject to any exceptions for jobs with specific security requirements.

The MoJ implemented this policy in October 2016 and removed the criminal conviction declaration ‘tick box’ to declare a criminal record from application forms at the front end of the recruitment process. If an applicant is successful, security clearances will be carried out prior to appointment (Applying Criminal Records Policy).

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