Employment Screening and Non-Conviction Information

A Human Rights Perspective

  • Terry Thomas
  • Kevin Bennett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Terry Thomas, Kevin Bennett
    Pages 1-27
  3. Terry Thomas, Kevin Bennett
    Pages 29-50
  4. Terry Thomas, Kevin Bennett
    Pages 93-116
  5. Terry Thomas, Kevin Bennett
    Pages 117-134
  6. Terry Thomas, Kevin Bennett
    Pages 135-152
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 153-169

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. 


criminal record safeguarding children the Department of Work and Pensions privacy studies policing social work ethics and justice safeguarding adults human resources police intelligence child protection employment rights

Authors and affiliations

  • Terry Thomas
    • 1
  • Kevin Bennett
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.University of SunderlandSunderlandUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28710-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28711-5
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