- Case study – Voluntary organisations should ensure that questions about criminal records on application forms are clear
- Music school asking applicants a misleading question
- A fair chance for students with convictions
- NCVO publish guidance on safely recruiting staff, volunteers and trustees
- The Old Vic
- HSS Hire Group
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers fined under GDPR for inappropriate use of consent
- Office for Students publish effective practice guidance on students with convictions
- Unlock collaboration with The Key on guidance for schools recruitment
Why is this important?
Over 11 million people in the UK have a criminal record, with around a third of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance having received a criminal record in the last 10 years, and yet 75% of employers admit to discriminating against applicants on the basis of a criminal record.
People with irrelevant criminal records are often discouraged from applying for jobs that ask about them on the application form.
Employers can’t afford to ignore the diverse skills and experience of people with criminal records.
Ricky’s experience of applying for work shows the benefit to employers that ‘ban the box’ from application forms, instead dealing with criminal records at the job offer stage, giving people a chance to be interviewed on their merits.
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