I noticed a recent post about this but without a response and although there have been older topics I wanted to post a new one as I know the system has changed only recently.
As the title suggests I'm enquiring about the criminal check procedure that is required when applying for TEFL jobs.
I'm at the point where I'm now looking for work but I'm a bit concerned that an old conviction may cause problems. It was 8 years ago, when I was a teenager, and was for a minor offence, basically criminal damage.
However, from what I've read it's now changed and EVERYTHING shows up on a check, even just warnings etc. But I called the department and they said that it's down to the police to then decide if it warrants passing on the item to the prospective employer.
The guy also told me that unless I was working in the USA, Australia, Canada or the UK that they actually wouldn't even PROVIDE a prospective employer with a full check and told me to just contact my local police station for a print out of what is on record.
But that seems contrary to what some TEFL jobs have requested.
At this stage I'm a bit confused and more than a bit worried. I hadn't realised that it may prevent me from working ANYWHERE, even if I did think that some countries may want a complete background check.
So, can anyone advice me? Firstly, do I need this complete check for EVERY position? If so, how do I go about obtaining one? The department itself have advised me they won't provide one for jobs outside the aforementioned countries and the site says I can't apply for one myself anyway.
Thanks in advance,