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February 15 2019

Job application for school reveals lies about convictions

Case involving woman lying on job application to primary school shows need for thorough background checking.  Oxford Mail reports that Iria Suarez-Gonzales is facing court over one count of fraud by false representation. It is alleged that she stated in a job application to West Oxford Primary School that she had no previous convictions – but this was a lie.

This case highlights how important background checks are when placing candidates. 2017 stats from CareerBuilder revealed that 56% of employers have found a lie on a CV .  While rules for working in schools obviously need to be strictly observed, some organisations are arguing that forcing people to disclose crimes that they committed a long time ago will prevent them from getting a job, that could help them move away from a future in crime.