The Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 sets out time limits under which a criminal conviction becomes ‘spent’ – meaning that an individual does not have to mention the conviction even if asked. The Order (and subsequent amending Orders) stipulates occupations for which a conviction can never become spent and this includes work that involves contact with children, young people or vulnerable adult groups. In this instance an individual must disclose all convictions. NIACRO provides advice and guidance to employers and employees in relation to the employment of persons with convictions.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.