CRB Disclosure for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (MSc/DPsych) is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, under the provisions of the Exemptions Order 1975. This means that you will be obliged to declare all previous criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands as a condition of admission on to the programme.
Having a previous criminal conviction or caution will not necessarily prohibit you from studying to be a Counselling Psychologist. It is however important for City, University of London to establish a balanced and objective view about a candidate's suitability to train. You also need to be aware that completing an approved course does not guarantee that someone will become registered. The HCPC themselves check the health and character of everyone that applies to join their Register to make sure that applicants will be able to practise safely and effectively within their profession. In order to verify this we employ the service of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). It is therefore a mandatory condition of entry on to the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (MSc/DPsych) that an applicant must have a satisfactory Enhanced CRB Disclosure. This will document information in the form of a criminal record certificate as described under either section 113 or section 115 of the Police Act 1997.
City, University of London welcomes applications to courses from all members of the community but cannot consider applications for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (MSc/DPsych) from those individuals who have committed offences under the provisions of the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000. It should also be noted that this prohibition also extends to individuals who have had their name included on the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) List, Protection of Children Act (PoCA) List as held by the Department of Health and List 99 as held by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. To do so would be a criminal offence under the aforementioned acts. Furthermore, in receiving an application from any such individual, City, University of London is obliged to inform the Police that an application from a prohibited individual has been received.
In order to make informed decisions about an individual's suitability to train, a Countersignatory will invite the applicant to submit a CRB application form before further advancement of the individual's application to study. The covering letter will explain that in observance of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA 1974), City, University of London is inviting the applicant to submit a CRB form so that the relevant staff can make an informed decision about the suitability of an individual to train. If necessary an interview would be held prior to induction, which will allow the individual to put the information revealed in a Disclosure into context.
In accordance with the CRB code of practice, City, University of London has the following policies on the recruitment of ex-offenders and the use, storage, retention and destruction of CRB Disclosures.
- Policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders
- Policy on the secure storage, handling, use, retention and disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure information
- Damian Williams - Head of Academic Services in the School of Arts & Social Sciences