Number of convicted working in schools

Council chiefs have robust policies for assessing workers with convictions
Council chiefs have robust policies for assessing workers with convictions

Fifteen people with criminal convictions have applied for jobs working at schools in St Helens over the past three years, official figures show.

Educations chiefs say strict checks are carried out before allowing anyone with a criminal record to work in the borough’s schools.

Six people with convictions on their record were offered a position and took up a role in schools.

Of the 15 applicants, all bar one were applying for non-teaching positions.

Teachers are barred from working in classrooms if they are found guilty of a range offences including sexual offences, violent crimes, drug charges, crimes of dishonesty or any offence relating to children.

A council spokesman said stringent checks were undertaken by officials before employing anyone to work in the town’s schools.

The spokesman added: “If an individual is successful in their application for a post requiring disclosure, they are required to authorise the council to apply for disclosure of information from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

“The DBS is a central government agency which provides information on criminal records, and people banned from regulated activity with vulnerable groups, including children.

“As part of the agreement with the DBS, the council conforms to the codes of practice it publishes regarding disclosure. “

“The council does not hold a list of convictions that automatically bar applicants from job roles however the DBS carries out a barred list check on eligible positions.”