We feature positive case studies of specific employers who are recruiting people with convictions and dealing with criminal records fairly. The aim of this section is to showcase a range of employers that are involved, from large to small, to help encourage, motivate and inspire other employers to follow in their footsteps.
There are lots of employers that have good elements to their recruitment practice. We highlight these by posting examples of good practice. The examples below have been brought together under relevant headings.
Although we support companies banning the box, for those companies that continue to ask at application, it’s important they’re clear in the questions they ask. Good example include:
We think it’s important to recognise that many employers are still falling short when it comes to recruiting people with convictions and dealing with criminal records fairly. That’s why we post examples of bad practice so that other employers can see where they might be going wrong and how they can improve.
The examples we post are mainly those that we’ve written up anonymously. These are where we’ve identified poor practice and worked with the employer to change and improve the way they operate, so we think it’s right to remove their details. Nevertheless, we’re not against naming and shaming employers who continue to operate unfair recruitment practices after we’ve tried to work positively with them.
Separate to the call for companies to ban the box, some companies that ask at application also ask unclear and sometimes misleading questions. Examples include:
- Poor application form for a job at a waste disposal company
- Unclear statements for supermarket roles
- Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority
- Application to become a teacher not being clear that filtered convictions don’t need to be disclosed
- Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants
- Misleading question for a volunteer role
- NHS trusts and the need to include references to filtering
- Kent and East Sussex council checks ‘unjustified’
- Ineligible DBS check for working in a warehouse
- Universities, teaching fellows and enhanced criminal record checks
- Fundraising jobs – what level of check is involved?
- Office administrators and enhanced checks
- National trades directory stops asking for police records
- Ineligible DBS checks for film/television extras
- Employer does a standard check for an unregulated financial role
- Ineligible check for HGV driver role
- A company that did blanket checks on all their employees
- Providing training courses to apprentices doesn’t make all employees eligible for DBS checks
- University doing ineligible checks for lecturing posts