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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Have you considered how the tick box is impacting young people? Youth-friendly employers should join #BantheBoxUK

Today, Business in the Community is using the third anniversary of the Ban the Box campaign to highlight the challenges of gaining employment for a young person with a criminal conviction. We work closely with BITC on the campaign as part of our work to encourage and support employers to develop fair and inclusive recruitment […]

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‘Time to give ex-offenders a chance’ – Chamber of Commerce boss

James Ramsbotham, the chief executive at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, has written an article in the Northern Echo, encouraging companies to look at people with convictions when they’re recruiting. Talking about this site, he says its: dedicated to helping employers find their way through the right processes to ensure they have the […]

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Ask John: Having ex-offenders on the team has proved an unqualified success

Writing in the ‘small business’ section of Telegraph Connect, part of The Telegraph, John Timpson (chairman of Timpson) responds to a question about how other companies could start recruiting former prisoners like Timpson have: Thirteen years after my son and Timpson chief executive, James, took on our first recruit from prison, we now employ more […]

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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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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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Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority

The question below appeared on the application form for a job in social care at a local authority. What’s wrong with the above? It’s long and confusing. At the beginning, the phrase ‘unspent’ is used, despite the role involving a level of check that will disclose spent convictions too. It’s inaccurate. It states that applicants […]

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Poor application form for a job at a waste disposal company

The question below appeared on the application form for a job at a waste disposal company. What’s wrong with the wording above? It’s not clear. The role is ‘covered by the ROA’ – this means that the applicant doesn’t have to disclose spent convictions. This isn’t made clear in the question. It’s misleading. The use […]

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Ricoh – Asking at job offer stage

As part of our guidance on when to ask about criminal records, we highlight the example of Ricoh: In order to ban the box, Ricoh carried out a review of their recruitment practices, taking into consideration their existing security policies and a desire to recruit fairly. As a result, the company revised its security policy […]

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