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Have you got a job in a ‘regulated’ role, industry or sector? We’re looking for your examples!

A common message we get from people with convictions is that they think it’s impossible to find (and keep) work in ‘regulated’ roles, industries and sectors.

Likewise, in our work with employers, there are lots of myths from employers, thinking that they can’t employ somebody with a conviction, because their industry or sector is ‘regulated’ in some way.

Technically speaking, there is rarely a rule that prevents people from being employed in a particular role; it’s usually up to the discretion of the employer or regulator, depending on the sector of work.


What are we looking for?

We want to highlight what other people have done, so that this will give confidence to both people with convictions, and employers in particular sectors.

So we’re putting a call-out for examples of individuals who have been employed in some of the common ‘regulated’ industries and sectors. We want to show people that it is possible. We also want to show other employers how they could go about things better by learning from others.


What types of work are we looking at?

We’re looking for people to get in touch with us who have convictions and who have been employed in sectors where it is more common for ‘DBS checks’ to be done. This includes:

  1. Financial services (e.g. FCA-approved roles, banking industry, insurance sector)
  2. Security industry (e.g. working as a doorman)
  3. Legal profession (e.g. solicitors, barristers, paralegals)
  4. Criminal justice system (e.g. probation officer, working in prisons, courts, police)
  5. Health and social care (e.g. NHS, social worker)
  6. Education (e.g. teacher, lecturer)

We’re keen to hear about other examples from other sectors too – the list is potentially endless!


Find out more about what we’re looking for, and how to help, here.



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