We offer a range of support to employers that are looking to recruit people with convictions and deal with criminal records fairly.

This can include individual support for senior leaders, advice to HR teams and on-going partnership work. This is part of a project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, so there’s no cost attached.

  1. We support employers in dealing with questions such as:
    • Should we ask about criminal records and, if so, how should we do it?
    • What are the legal issues involved and what are the costs if we get it wrong?
    • How do we make sure we don’t exclude good candidates just because they have a historical conviction?
    • How do we decide whether we should employ somebody who has a criminal record?
  2. We provide one-to-one support to larger employers to help them develop and implement fair and inclusive practices towards people with criminal records.
  3. We act as a critical friend to employers and help them assess the impact of different policies and approaches on their recruitment process, new job applicants and their existing workforce.
  4. We work closely with larger employers looking to develop fairer and more inclusive ‘whole-organisation’ policies and practices.
  5. We are linked into established employer networks such as the ‘Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending’ and the ‘Ban the Box’ group so that we can share the latest thinking, research and good practice.
  6. We have developed a range of practical resources for employers through this site, and will continue to produce new guidance and resources moving forward.

For more information, please get in touch here.