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Completing the application form


To apply for a job online you will need to register, for which you will need a valid email address.
If you do not have one, it is easy to get a free email address from a number of internet providers.
To register you must enter your email address and chose a password. You will then receive an email which will tell you that you have registered successfully.

Completing the form

You must complete all sections of the online application form which are relevant to you as clearly and fully as possible.

Supporting statement

The supporting statement is the most important part of the application. It is your chance to show how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out on the personnel specification.
Make sure you:
  • avoid unspecific statements such as 'I have all the skills and abilities mentioned in the person specification'
  • use examples
  • do not copy and paste from your CV.
You should fully explain how you meet the requirement. For example, if the person specification asked for "experience of working with elderly people", you need to explain when, where and what was involved.
For example: "I worked in a residential care home for 50 frail elderly residents. Working as part of a team of highly-qualified and attentive staff we focused on the individual needs of our residents with person-centered care. This involved 24 hour personal care. Our role was also to provide cooking support, hospitality and organising activities for our residents. Our home was rated 'Good' by the Commission of Social Care Inspection (CSCI)."
If you do not have much past job experience, you can mention any experience gained at school or college, at home, in voluntary work, on work experience or through hobbies. 
For example: I helped to care for my grandmother for three years. She lived in the family home and I helped her to wash and dress each morning. I also helped with personal care including…'
Please remember that managers when sifting applications have a checklist of the criteria with scores for how each candidate meets them.
It is best to first complete your supporting statement in Microsoft Word, then upload it.

Convictions and disclosures checks

One of the questions on the application form asks whether you have any convictions for criminal offences.

If you have in the past been convicted of a criminal offence, then under certain circumstances, the Rehabilitation of Offenders act 1974 allows you to regard the conviction as "spent", and to answer the question as though the offence had never happened.


When must I declare all my convictions?

For some posts you must declare all of your past convictions - spent and unspent, plus any cautions and bindover. These normally involve working unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults.
The job description and person specification will clearly state if you need to do this.

When is a conviction 'spent'?

Once you have completed your rehabilitation period. The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the type of conviction.

Rehabilitation periods 

​Sentence Rehabilitation period if aged 18 and over when convicted​ Rehabilitation period if under 18 when convicted​
Absolute Discharge​ 6 months​ 6 months​
Fines 5 years 2.5 years
Compensation​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Probation (now called Community Rehabilitation Orders)​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Community service (now called Community Punishment Orders)​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Combination (now called Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Orders) 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Action plan​​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Curfew​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Drug treatment and testing​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Reparation orders​ 5 years​ 2.5 years​
Prison sentences of less than six months​ 7 years​ 3.5 years​
Prison sentences of between six months and two and a half years​ 10 years​ 5 years​
Prison sentence of over two and a half years​ Never spent​ Never spent​
Borstal​ 7 years​ 7 years​
Detention centres​ 3 years​ 3 years​
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