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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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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The laws on disclosing criminal records are changing for the better on the 10th March 2014

We’re delighted that, having campaigned for many years, the 10th March 2014 will finally see reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 come into force. This means that many people will find that their conviction becomes ‘spent’ a lot sooner than it did previously. It only applies in England and Wales, but the changes […]

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