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  • Volunteer Scotland - Helping the voluntary sector recruit fairly (06 December)

    Created: 24/10/2023
    News/Events Category: Training and Learning
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    When: 14.00-16.00, Wednesday 06 December 2023
    Where: Zoom
    This event is being organised by Volunteer Scotland
    This particular event is free to attend, so no payment is required.

    It is too late to book a place for this particular session, sorry about that.

    Scotland Works for You is the name of the collaborative group initiated in early 2017 with the aim of securing opportunities for people with convictions to lead positive, healthy lives that contribute to society.

    Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services is offering Helping the Voluntary Sector Recruit Fairly training.

    There is often a stigma attached to having a criminal record. This means those who are punished formally by the courts and justice system can also be informally punished, because it reduces their future opportunities in life.

    People with convictions can be excluded from society as a result. This exclusion, and subsequent reoffending, can be reduced through employment, volunteering and education opportunities. These can help promote a sense that you are part of society and have an investment in it.

    People who consider themselves innocent, law-abiding citizens commit crimes which don’t lead to police involvement – driving over the speed limit, texting while driving. Most offences will not affect a person’s suitability for a particular job, educational course or volunteering opportunity.

    If a person’s disclosure record includes a conviction, it can be helpful to talk to them about this and for you to have an understanding of what information will be released to you as an employer and how you can assess this information to make an appropriate recruitment decision.

    This session allows you to ask questions to address any concerns you may have and look into how you as a group can offer opportunities to those with conviction information.

    The session aims to support groups to:

    1. Challenge their values and beliefs about people who have an offending background
    2. Reassess their views on recruiting individuals who have an offending background
    3. Raise awareness of perceptions that exist about people with an offending background
    4. Understand the how Disclosure Information can be used when assessing risk in recruitment

    By the end of the session groups will be able to:

    • Understand how stereotyping can impact behaviours
    • Create procedures for considering people with conviction information
    • Demonstrate an understanding of risk assessing conviction information
    • Give people with convictions, opportunities

    There are three dates to pick from - 31 October, 20 November and 06 December 2023. 

    Book your place here. 

    For more information visit this weblink

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