Minimum vetting levels

The following is a minimum level of vetting for any post within Hawthorn Estates Ltd and includes the following:

A reference from the current or most recent employer/s (to cover a 2year period of employment) or academic reference when no employment has been undertaken.

A character reference from a person who has known the candidate (in a professional capacity for at least 3 years) who can vouch for the applicant’s good character and competence for the post;

A confirmation of relevant qualifications i.e. original certificates and awards are produced by the applicant and recorded by Hawthorn Estates Ltd before confirmation of appointment

A confirmation of identity and right to work in the UK i.e. a minimum number of original documents to be produced by the applicant, in the applicant’s current name and recorded by Hawthorn Estates Ltd before confirmation of employment; (In accordance with the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996).

A criminal history self-declaration form where candidates are obliged to declare convictions in accordance:


Disclosure of Criminal Convictions

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some criminal convictions to become ‘spent’, or ignored, after a ‘rehabilitation period’. A rehabilitation period is a set length of time from the date of conviction. After this period, with certain exceptions, an ex-offender is not normally obliged to disclose the conviction when applying for a job or when involved in criminal or civil proceedings. However, when applying for certain jobs, such as a particular property or sites a person is required to declare all convictions whether spent or not.

Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, as amended, certain convictions may never be spent:

  • A sentence of more than 2.5 years in prison
  • A life sentence
  • Preventative detention

The equivalent for young offenders will apply.

All information is kept locked onsite and a DBS is required for all applicants but the level of disclosure is dependent on the job role.