The answer to Oxfam’s safeguarding problems is not enhanced DBS checks

Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, has written a blog for the Huffington Post questioning the use of enhanced DBS checks as the answer to Oxfam’s safeguarding problems. The blog is particularly important for organisations that use volunteers in their work, and is copied below. The original blog is available here.    Of all the things in […]

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Basic criminal record checks launched today by the DBS

From today, the 17th January 2018, basic criminal record checks can now be obtained directly from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) This is a significant development for both people with criminal records and employers in England & Wales. Basic checks are a type of criminal record check that can be used by employers and […]

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Could my company be at risk of indirect discrimination if…?

…it automatically excludes people with criminal convictions? This is the question we asked law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to explore, in light of the disproportionate representation of BAME groups throughout the criminal justice system. Their answer, in short, was yes – there are “no substantive legal obstacles (intrinsic in the legislation) to BAME job […]

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Celebrating the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending

Last night was the annual celebration of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending (EFFRR). EFFRR is a group of local and national employers that provide job opportunities to people in prison and people with convictions in the community. Some of the employers in the group are featured on this site and the forum has a track-record […]

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Why we’ve launched this website

This article covers today’s launch of this site and links back to the press release, also published today. Find out more about the launch. There’s a talent pool of over 10.5 million people that many companies are overlooking. People with criminal records make good employees. This new website that we’re launching today helps employers to make sure […]

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New guidance – Wording of questions that ask about criminal records

As part of the initial development of this site, we’ve published our first set of detailed guidance which follows a template structure that we believe will work well for other forms of guidance we’re looking to develop in the future. We chose the first subject – “the wording of questions that ask about criminal records” – […]

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Principles of Fair Chance Hiring – DRAFT for Consultation

As part of this project, we’re promoting ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ policies in our approach to employers. ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ originates from the United States and has ‘Ban the Box’ at the heart of changes in the recruitment practice of employers. One of the first steps is to develop a set of high-level principles for putting ‘Fair […]

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Our approach to employers

As our employment project has begun to gather momentum, we thought it was important to explain our approach to employers as part of this work and this site. We recently published a specific page on the main Unlock site which sets this out in more detail. We’ve also provided more details about how we support employers […]

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Help us develop good practice and resources for employers

One of the key focuses of our employment project is to support employers in developing good policies and practices. One way we’re going about this by developing a resource centre specifically for employers. So, we’re going back to basics. We want to make sure that we support employers who choose to consider criminal records by […]

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