Criminal Convictions

Patrica Close made this Freedom of Information request to South Eastern Regional College

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Dear South Eastern Regional College,

Please state if a member of staff is under any obligation to inform the college if they receive a criminal conviction.
What procedure is in place for a member of staff to inform the college if they received a criminal conviction
Does any member of staff, including lecturers, who is currently employed the college, have a previous conviction?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Patrica Close

Sian Harvey, South Eastern Regional College

Dear Patricia

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received by the College
on 5th February 2016.

 

In line with the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the College has 20
working days to respond to your request.  You will receive a response from
us no later than Friday 4th March 2016.

 

Kind regards

 

Sian

 

 

Siân Harvey

Records Manager

SERC, Bangor Campus (A14)

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

Tel: (028) 9127 6600  Ext: 2862  DD: (028) 9127 6862  Web:
[1]www.serc.ac.uk

 

 

 

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Sian Harvey, South Eastern Regional College

Dear Patrica

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received by the College
on 5^th February 2016.

 

Your request asked for the following information:

1)    Please state if a member of staff is under any obligation to inform
the college if they receive a criminal conviction.

2)    What procedure is in place for a member of staff to inform the
college if they received a criminal conviction

3)    Does any member of staff, including lecturers, who is currently
employed the college, have a previous conviction?

 

Freedom of Information is dealt with in accordance with your ‘right to
know’ under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA),
which entitles you to be provided with a copy of any information ‘held’ by
a public authority, unless an appropriate exemption applies.

 

Under Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act (2000) the College
can confirm that it does hold the information you have requested for
questions 1 and 2.

 

Following your request regarding Criminal convictions I can confirm the
following:

 

1)    Please state if a member of staff is under any obligation to inform
the college if they receive a criminal conviction.

As per [1]Section 24.3 of CEF Circular 2011-04 ‘Contract for Lecturers’,
lecturing staff do have an obligation to disclose convictions.

 

2)    What procedure is in place for a member of staff to inform the
college if they received a criminal conviction

All individuals applying for a position within the College must complete
the application form which has a section asking the candidate to complete
the following 3 questions:

·         Do have any convictions that are not ‘protected’ as defined by
the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Northern Ireland) Order
1979, as amended in 2014?

·         Are you currently the subject of police investigation or do you
have any prosecutions pending?

·         Please list below details of ALL charges, prosecutions,
convictions, cautions; bind – over orders (except those that have been
filtered out) – even if they happened a long time ago.  You must include
any minor matters, any road traffic or motoring offences and any which may
be pending  If you are unclear on what convictions are likely to have been
filtered, further details can be found on the AccessNI website
[2]www.nidirect.gov.uk/apply-for-an-enhanced-check-through-a-registered-body

 

The declaration on the form states the following which the candidate
signs:

“I certify that the information supplied by me in Parts A and B of this
application is true, complete and accurate.
Failure/falsification/misleading or inaccurate information may lead to the
College withdrawing the employment offer or if appointed at determined at
any later date could result in disciplinary action including dismissal.”

 

In addition, once appointed they must go through an AccessNI check which
again asks them to declare convictions.

 

3)    Does any member of staff, including lecturers, who is currently
employed the college, have a previous conviction?

In line with AccessNI Code of Practice and data protection compliance, the
College does not retain this information once an AccessNI check has been
completed and the candidate appointed.  If the AccessNI check highlights a
conviction, the candidates appointment will be determined by the category
of conviction.

 

YOUR RIGHT TO APPEAL:

 

If you are not happy with how the College has handled your request or
exemptions applied to the response they have a right to ask for an
internal review of your request.  Appeals should be submitted within 2
weeks of receipt of this response detailing reasons for dissatisfaction
and should be addressed to:

 

Information Officer

SERC

Bangor Campus

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

 

Regards

 

Sian

 

Siân Harvey

Records Manager

SERC, Bangor Campus (A14)

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

Tel: (028) 9127 6600  Ext: 2862  DD: (028) 9127 6862  Web:
[3]www.serc.ac.uk

 

 

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Dear Sian Harvey,

Thank you Sian.

Has any member of staff, since appointment, declared that they have received a conviction, within the past five years?

Yours sincerely,

Patrica Close

Sian Harvey, South Eastern Regional College

Dear Patrica

 

Thank you for your most recent Freedom of Information request received on
23rd March 2016.

 

In line with the Freedom of Information Act (2000), the College has 20
working days to respond to your request.  You will receive a response from
us no later than Friday 22^nd April 2016.

 

Kind regards

 

Sian

 

Siân Harvey

Records Manager

SERC, Bangor Campus (A14)

Castle Park Road

Bangor

BT20 4TD

Tel: (028) 9127 6600  Ext: 2862  DD: (028) 9127 6862  Web:
[1]www.serc.ac.uk

 

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