Press release: Criminal records charity launches website to help employers recruit people with convictions

Unlock, the country’s leading charity for people with convictions, today launches a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work […]

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Release of Beta version of Recruit!

Today, we’re pleased to be releasing a Beta version of Recruit!, our new website for employers. With the strapline “supporting the fair treatment of people with criminal records”, Recruit! is a website that supports employers to recruit people with convictions and deal with criminal records fairly. The aims of the site are to: Promote good […]

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Alpha version of Recuit!

Today, we’ve made our new site, Recruit!, available for the first time to a range of key stakeholders. Recruit! is not a finished product. It’s in development. The site you see today is our ‘alpha’ version. An ‘alpha’ is the first stage of developing something new. It’s a proof-of-concept – it shows our early thinking about how […]

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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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