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Current practices and the potential for individuals with criminal records to gain qualifications or employment within social work: a scoping review

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JournalSocial Work Education
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Nov 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 20 Dec 2019
Number of pages18
Early online date20/12/19
Original languageEnglish


Social work has long-standing, well-recognized problems of recruitment and retention in England and many other jurisdictions. Policymakers and employers are exploring if there are untapped sources of potential employees. We conducted a scoping review in 2018 to explore current practices and the potential to employ people with criminal records in the social work profession in England. Eighteen studies were located and two themes were identified within these: 1) the potential for people with criminal records to gain qualifications in social work and 2) the potential for people with criminal records to gain employment within social work. More research is needed to establish evidence about current responses to applications from people with criminal records seeking to access training and employment. More evidence is also needed about current practices in decision-making by all parties, together with exploration of people with criminal records’ experiences of gaining qualifications in social work and then seeking employment, changing employers and pursuing career progression.

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    Research areas

  • criminal history, criminal record, education, employment, ex-offender, Social work, training

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