Assisting Berkshire Children to read (ABC to read) aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. ABC to read welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

As ABC to read meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered a voluntary or paid position will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands, or final warnings, as well as convictions.

ABC to read will ask applicants for both voluntary and paid positions to self declare any criminal convictions on the application form. A conviction will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position with ABC to read. Criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only when the conviction is relevant. Any matters revealed on a DBS certificate  will be discussed with the applicant before making a recruitment decision.

ABC to read adheres to the Code of Practice on the use and handling of Disclosure information provided by DBS and this Code of Practice will be made available to all applicants on request.

Now part of application revised 2015

Reviewed – October 2023