NCVO publish guidance on safely recruiting staff, volunteers and trustees

NCVO’s Knowhow site offers advice and support for voluntary organisations on a range of subjects. From information on setting up a charity to developing effective teams, the site is full of helpful tools and resources. This week, NCVO have published their safeguarding resources. Developed collaboratively by an NCVO-led partnership, they outline the steps that voluntary […]

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Office for Students publish effective practice guidance on students with convictions

Office for Students are the independent regulator of higher education in England. As part of their work to promote equal opportunities, Office for Students publish information on effective ways of meeting the needs of different student groups. Unlock were delighted to collaborate with them on their new guidance for higher education providers on students with criminal […]

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Unlock collaboration with The Key on guidance for schools recruitment

The Key provides tools and services to education leaders. Unlock worked with The Key on their new guidance on asking about criminal records. Following the introduction of the GDPR, The Key took legal advice on how schools should collect criminal records information. As most roles in schools are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act […]

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Asking applicants to self-disclose can be deemed excessive, says ICO

Last month we published research that showed almost three-quarters of employers ask about criminal records at application stage. Being asked to self-disclose puts off applicants. Unlock encourages employers to consider whether they need to ask about criminal records at all. If you need to ask, questions should be targeted – for example, only asking at […]

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New guidance published to support employers with GDPR, data protection and processing criminal records in recruitment

Today we have published new guidance to support employers to ensure that their policies and practices on collecting criminal records data during recruitment is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The guidance makes it clear that collecting criminal records at the initial application stage is unlikely to be […]

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Charities must act now to prepare for changes to the rules on criminal records

Almost anyone can run a charity, but there are rules that mean some people with a criminal record are prevented from being able to unless they have clearance from the Charity Commission. With the rules changing this year, it’s important to get to grips with what they mean. There are over 11 million people in […]

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Are you keen to recruit people with a criminal record and looking for help in finding applicants?

If the answer’s yes, this page should help, but make sure you’ve done two things first: Before you start encouraging applications, make sure you’ve developed a policy towards applicants with a criminal record. Each time you recruit, make sure you look at your approach to criminal records and make sure you’re doing everything right; we […]

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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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Virgin Trains launch toolkit for employers and plan to “increase quite dramatically” the number of people with convictions they employ

Last week, Virgin Trains were featured in the Guardian with an article looking at their West Cost employment programme. The programme has placed 25 people with criminal records into employment opportunities in the last few years. It’s refreshing to see Richard Branson talk so positively about it; “Everyone deserves a second chance in life,” he says. […]

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Why employers need to change! Three short digital stories from people with convictions

We’ve produced some short stories based on the experiences of people with convictions finding work. Each of the stories shows something different, as explained below. However, although each situation is unique, we think that the stories serve as a helpful way of showing the importance of supporting employers to recruit people with convictions and in […]

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