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Employment Screening and Non-Conviction Information

A Human Rights Perspective

Authors: Thomas, Terry, Bennett, Kevin

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  • Challenges current disclosure practices
  • Fills a gap in the literature
  • Speaks in particular to those interested in human rights and privacy rights, and ‘safeguarding’ policies and employment law 
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About this book

This book provides a critical overview of the policy frameworks underpinning the contemporary practices of non-conviction information disclosure during pre-employment ‘screening’. It questions how a man can walk free from a criminal court as an innocent person only to have all the court details of his acquittal passed to any potential employer.Despite several million ‘enhanced’ criminal background checks being performed each year, there has been little discussion of these issues within academic literature. Non-conviction information, also known as 'police intelligence', is a less well-known check provided alongside the criminal record check. This book seeks to define what is meant by non-conviction information and to provide a clear and simple explanation of how this decision making process of police disclosure to employers is made. It also considers the extent to which these practices have been subjected to legal challenges within the UK and explores how public protection is balanced against individual rights. 

About the authors

Terry Thomas was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He was formerly employed as a senior medical social worker at Leeds General Infirmary and senior social worker in a local authority social services department area office. His publications have focused on questions relating to personal information databases and the criminal justice system i.e. criminal records, DNA and fingerprints.
Kevin Bennett is a postgraduate student at the University of Sunderland, UK.

Reviews

“The authors throw a useful light on this low-visibility activity by the police and the Disclosure and Barring Service; an activity that adversely affects hundreds of people every year” (Dr Sarah Kingston, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, Lancaster University, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Disclosure of Criminal Records to Employers

    Pages 1-27

    Thomas, Terry (et al.)

  • The Nature of ‘Non-conviction Information’

    Pages 29-50

    Thomas, Terry (et al.)

  • The Police Disclosure of Non-conviction Information to Employers (1986–2010)

    Pages 51-69

    Thomas, Terry (et al.)

  • The Police Disclosure of Non-conviction Information to Employers (2010–to the Present Day)

    Pages 71-91

    Thomas, Terry (et al.)

  • Making the Decision to Disclose ‘Non-conviction Information’

    Pages 93-116

    Thomas, Terry (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28711-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-28710-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Employment Screening and Non-Conviction Information
Book Subtitle
A Human Rights Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28711-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28711-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28710-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 169
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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