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Criminal Convictions Policy

Criminal Convictions Policy

Criminal Convictions Policy

The Sheffield College has a duty of care to all users of the College: students, staff, partners, visitors.  In order to fulfil this responsibility, the College operates a policy whereby all those applying to study here have to self-declare whether they have an unspent criminal conviction.  Those declaring such a conviction will be risk assessed to gauge their suitability for undertaking a course of study.

This policy and its associated procedures also applies to learners who receive a criminal conviction whilst they are students at the College.

The Sheffield College Criminal Convictions Policy aims to ensure all students are safeguarded by:

  • Having procedures that take account of an individual’s right to education balanced by the risk to the College and its wider community. This may mean admitting students with a known history of crime, or of previous record of disruptive behaviour whilst attending the College;
  • Risk assessing all students where they have an unspent criminal conviction;
  • Working to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974(ROA);
  • The risk assessment process may lead to a decision not to allow the applicant to study. All options will be explored to enable an applicant to take up their course e.g. putting in place appropriate control or support measures.


Download the Criminal Convictions policy here

For all Safeguarding and Prevent issues, contact 0114 2602600, safeguarding@sheffcol.ac.uk or Student Services.