Applicant Suitability Self-Declaration Form

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1.    Introduction


You will be aware from previous information that you have received that if you are successful at the assessment centre and are made an offer, this is conditional upon the successful candidate meeting a number of eligibility requirements and suitability checks, including:




- confirmation of right to work in the UK

- confirmation of academic qualifications (including original formal certificates)

- satisfactory references




-  a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

-  a satisfactory health check (usually by means of a self-declaration/disclosure alongside additional verification from your GP and/or

   consultant and an Occupational Health assessment where necessary)

-  other relevant information/checks (such as those related to any disciplinary issues at college/university or work and previous contact with social care services).


Please note that Frontline aims to recruit a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We do not wish to exclude those who have a criminal record, experienced poor health, been subject to disciplinary procedures or had contact with adult or children's social care services, therefore, please be assured that your offer will not be automatically withdrawn upon receipt of relevant information pertaining to these areas.


Frontline recognises that there is no simple criterion of suitability, therefore, each case will be considered individually.


Following consideration of the information that you provide, you may be asked to:


- provide further reflective/contextual information (in relation to cautions/convictions, disciplinary matters, contact with social care services and/or health conditions)

- attend an Occupational Health assessment

- attend a suitability panel


We will let you know if we feel that the information that you have declared requires further exploration in the ways outlined above.


It is important that you provide any information that is requested as soon as possible. Refusal to assist in this process or failure to disclose relevant information that is subsequently discovered may result in your conditional offer being withdrawn and, ultimately, your exclusion from the programme.


Frontline's screening/assessment and decision-making processes are informed by HCPC requirements, therefore, it may be helpful to refer to HCPC guidance and standards relating to issues relating to conduct, character or health (e.g. Conduct and Ethics for Students; Conduct, Performance and Ethics; Health and Character; Managing Fitness to Practice; Standards of Education and Training) which can be accessed via the HCPC website.


Further information relating to Frontline’s processes can be found in the policies and procedures relating to suitability (available upon request).

In the rare event that Frontline is unable to confirm an offer following completion of these processes, you will be informed of the reasons for this (subject to any restrictions on sharing confidential information as per the Data Protection Act, 1998).

Please read and complete the following sections carefully. If you are unsure about how to proceed, please contact a member of the admissions team by emailing However, please be aware that any guidance provided cannot be taken as confirmation of your suitability for professional training or practice.


Please be aware that while Frontline makes a prospective judgment as to your suitability to train as a social worker on the programme, HCPC ultimately makes the decision as to whether you are suitable for entry on the professional register upon successful completion of the qualifying programme (Year 1). Further information on HCPC processes for considering these issues is available on their website:


Once completed, please check, sign and date this form, and submit it.


Criminal convictions/cautions/warnings/reprimands/proceedings etc.


Social work is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), therefore, information relating to previous  cautions, convictions and/or pending/ongoing police matters usually need to be disclosed, even if they would otherwise be considered ‘spent’.


There are some exceptions to this in that since 2013 some ‘minor’ offences are filtered from Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates and no longer need to be disclosed. However, this depends upon a number of factors (that differ for different penalties/sanctions) which include, but are not limited to, the severity and/or number of parts to the offence/sanction, your age at the time of the caution/conviction, the time that has elapsed since the caution/conviction and whether you have received any other cautions/convictions.


It is important to highlight that there are a number of offences that will NEVER be filtered from a DBS certificate regardless of any of the factors referenced above and that ALL cautions and convictions relating to listed offences must ALWAYS be disclosed.


Please refer to the following link for more information relating to the filtering of offences and those that will never be filtered:


If you are in any doubt at all as to whether an offence/sanction should be disclosed or not, you are encouraged to disclose rather than withhold information. You are welcome to contact the Selection Advisor to discuss this, however, please remember that any information is given as guidance only and indications as to suitability do not guarantee an unconditional offer onto the programme.


Disclosure of a relevant offences/sanctions does not automatically exclude an applicant from the programme. In instances where a caution/conviction is disclosed, Frontline will seek further information about the circumstances surrounding the offence and invite the applicant to discuss this at a suitability panel during which its members will come to an informed and considered decision as to whether suitability/clearance in relation to this matter can be confirmed.

By signing and submitting this form I agree that all of the above statements are true and accurate.