Students with Criminal Convictions: Policies and Practices in Social Work Education

Karen Roscoe, Iolo Madoc Jones, John Bates , Barbara Facer

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In light of the Bichard Inquiry, this paper considers the vetting practices that apply in relation to those students with criminal convictions who apply to undertake social work education in England or Wales. The paper is organized primarily around the lessons that can be learnt from two case studies, and descriptions of how a range of social work programmes in England and Wales assess individuals with criminal convictions. It explores some of the reasons why the assessment of individuals with previous criminal convictions is important, some of the issues that might arise in relation to how it is currently carried out and what might constitute best practice in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387- 1403
Number of pages17
JournalThe British Journal of Social Work
Issue number8
Early online date4 May 2006
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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© The Author 2006. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved


  • convictions
  • assessment,
  • social work students with criminal convictions
  • policies and practices in social work education


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