Alongside developing and maintaining this site, we support other work and campaigns that are related to supporting employers in the fair treatment of people with convictions.

This page sets out some examples of the work we support (there are many more*) and explains how we work together towards achieving fairer and more inclusive recruitment of people with convictions. Alongside this there are also some useful links.

Ban the Box

Ban the Box, led by Business in the Community (BITC), is a campaign endorsed by Unlock.

We supported the initial development of the campaign before it was launched, and continue to encourage and support employers to sign up to the campaign as part of developing fair chance recruitment practices. This website is specifically designed to support employers that want to ban the box, as well as those that already have and are looking at other ways of being more open and inclusive.

See Potential

See Potential is a government campaign which aims to showcase the talents and business benefits of hiring people from disadvantaged groups, including people with criminal records, and why it’s in employers’ interests to think differently about their own recruitment practices. The ultimate aim is to help people from disadvantaged groups into employment.

We support the campaign and welcome the national spotlight that the campaign brings on large employers and what they can do to recruit more people with criminal convictions.

Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending

The Employers’ Forum for Reducing Re-offending (EFFRR) is:

“a group of local and national employers that provide job opportunities for offenders”

We support the forum and provide advice to individual members of the group on expanding their work in recruiting people with convictions from the community.


Nacro is a national service delivery charity providing support for disadvantaged communities. They can deliver training to employers on recruiting safely and fairly.

We work closely with Nacro and recognise their role in training employers in carrying out assessments on individual applicants.

Clean Sheet

Clean Sheet maintains an employers directory that they make available to Clean Sheet members. As a Clean Sheet employer you will actively consider an application from a Clean Sheet member when you have a vacancy.

We work closely with Clean Sheet and encourage employers involved in their directory to implement fair chance recruitment practices such as banning the box.

Norfolk's Gateway to Employment

Gateway to Employment is a campaign supported by Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and aims to break down barriers to employment for people with convictions.

We work closely with Gateway to Employment and encourage those employers involved in their regional campaign to implement fair chance recruitment practices such as banning the box.

Working Chance is a London-based charity supporting women with convictions and women care leavers into sustainable, quality jobs.

We work closely with Working Chance in promoting the need for employers to open up meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities.


Blue Sky Development is a social enterprise that offers employment to people with convictions in contracts with local authority and private sector clients.

The Exceptionals is an online resource for employers to recruit people with convictions. It is a portal created to inspire, inform and connect: with compelling case studies, clear fact sheets and an interactive map of organisations working in the field who can provide businesses with the the candidates they need, as well as support them through the hiring process.

Note: There are many more organisations that we support the work of. Those listed above are the ones that are more relevant to supporting employers in recruiting people with convictions and dealing with criminal records fairly.

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