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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New project – Fair Access to Employment

We are delighted to report that Unlock has been awarded a three-year grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that will enable us to deliver a programme of work that will challenge the discrimination faced by people with convictions in getting employment. This marks the beginning of a significant area of work for Unlock, enabling us […]

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Workshop for Employers and Recruiters – 29th October – North Wales – ‘Employing with conviction’

We’re working with the Criminal Records Unit of WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) to run a four hour masterclass on the 29th October 2014 in Rhyl, North Wales. WCVA CRU is a DBS umbrella registered body. They provide access to DBS checks for the third sector is Wales, funded by the Welsh Government. They also […]

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Dealing with criminal convictions – embedding a positive process of disclosure

Christopher Stacey, Co-Director, Unlock comments on the issues discussed in a recent Ban the Box webinar. Quite rightly, the Ban the Box campaign is focused on a specific issue, that being the tick-box that appears on many job application forms,  frightening the life out of somebody who has a criminal record. Many people with convictions see […]

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