Information for applicants

Information to consider before you apply

At CrossReach, our priority is to ensure that our service users are safe in our care at all times.
It is therefore vital that we have a rigorous selection procedure in place when recruiting and appointing staff.
We have designed our application form to make sure we get a full picture of a candidate’s previous employment, educational history and personal identity. We require all applicants to fully complete the application form. Please note: we don’t accept CVs.
Before you start the application process, you may wish to consider the following:

You will need to provide a full employment history >
We will require you to provide full details of all previous employers including start and end dates as well as any period of unemployment. You must ensure that any gaps in your employment history are fully explained.

We will need to undertake safeguarding checks >
As we provide care and support for children, young people and vulnerable adults, posts within CrossReach are subject to receipt of a satisfactory PVG/Disclosure Certificate through Disclosure Scotland.

  • If you are offered the post you will be required to complete a comprehensive self declaration form.
  • Criminal record checks will be undertaken for Non-UK Nationals and applicants who have lived outside the UK for at least three consecutive months prior to application.

Please note: you will not be able to commence in post and your contract will not be confirmed until all criminal record checks have been completed and approved.

You will have to declare criminal convictions >

Rehabilitation of offenders: Due to the nature of our work, applicants are not exempt from The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) 2003, which can allow people who have been convicted of certain criminal offences to regard their conviction as ‘spent’ after a set period. You must therefore share information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the Act. However, you are not required to declare a ‘Protected Conviction’ – see below for details of what this means.

Protected convictions: You do not have to declare a ‘protected’ conviction. A conviction will only be ‘protected’ if it is categorised as ‘less serious’ and it meets one of these criteria:
- The sentence imposed was admonition or absolute discharge, or the discharge of the referral of a child’s case to a children’s hearing
- The person was under 18 years of age at the time the offence was committed and at least 7 years and 6 months have passed since the date of that conviction
- The person was over 18 years of age at the time the offence was committed and at least 15 years have passed since the date of that conviction.

You must provide proof that you are eligible to work in the UK >
Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 requires all employers in the UK to make basic document checks on every person they intend to employ, thus ensuring they are not employing people who are not permitted to work in the UK. If you are invited for interview for any post within CrossReach you will need to bring original documentation that confirms you are legally permitted to work in the UK.

You may need to apply for SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) registration >
If you accept a role as a social service worker, you may have to apply to for SSSC Registration. We will let you know if your role requires registration, but please be aware that if this is required, you will need to apply as soon as possible and achieve registration within six months of starting your job.