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Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Can I register as a Registered Manager if I have a criminal record?

Can you register to be a registered manager for a service when you have a criminal record?

Dear Lucy,

The decision as to whether or not to register you to be a Registered Manager rests with the Care Quality Commission.

They will take all matters into account when making that decision.

It is not just the DBS check that is taken into account.

Other things include your experience, your references, your qualifications and an interview is an important part of the process.

With regards to the DBS there are a number of points that have to be taken into account when making a decision and these might include:

  • There is a list of convictions that bar anyone from working with vulnerable people.
  • How long ago did the offence occur?
  • How many convictions?
  • Is it a matter relevant to the work to be undertaken?
  • Is there any risk?

What I am trying to explain is that if a conviction happened in the past then that does not automatically bar someone from working in adult social care unless it is an offence on the barred list.

Do not try to hide the conviction when applying for any job in care.

I hope this is helpful.

Best wishes.

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.







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