Please note that Information has been sourced from the following organisations:- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Business in the Community;Unlock; Working Links;The Policy Exchange and Working Chance.
The Candidate's Journey
An overview of the different hurdles someone with a conviction faces when reintegrating back into the community and the support available.
The Employer's Journey
A snapshot of the simple steps for an employer to follow, from the spark of an idea to recruitment.
Employer's Points of Engagement
Look at the best way your business can engage with this cohort in prison and within the community.
Employer's Guide to Risk and Disclosure
An overview of the best steps to manage the recruitment of an ex-offender, including disclosure of their conviction.
Glossary of Key Terms
Useful and accessible guide to some of the key terms used in this sector.
Inspiring Industry Quotes
Quotes to inspire from businesses that have successfully hired from this talent pool.
Recruit! Supporting the fair treatment of people with criminal records
Recruit! is a website run by the charity Unlock that supports UK employers to recruit people with convictions. It helps companies to deal with criminal records fairly by sharing good practice, providing free guidance and tools, and showing what other employers are doing.
Ban the Box
A practical guide for employers who are looking to take on ex-offenders. It provides useful information on the legal, regulatory and contractual implications of employing someone with a criminal record.
Clean Sheet Employers Guide
Employers sometimes believe that ex-offenders lack soft skills, such as honesty or reliability. These perceptions are challenged by employers' actual experience.
Recruiting Safely and Fairly
A practical guide put together by Nacro to help employers recruit ex-offenders safely and fairly.
Hiring ex-offenders: A toolkit for businesses
Sharing their own positive experiences with other businesses, Virgin Trains offer practical advice and encouragement about the value of employing people with criminal convictions. This toolkit covers aspects such as planning a recruitment day and disclosure at interview.
Employing Ex-offenders: Making the Right Choice
The Institute of Hospitality has produced a guide to employing ex-offenders for businesses working in the hospitality industry, including within it a case study of the work done by The Clink Charity to provide training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders.
Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups
Created by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and produced in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), this step-by-step guide supports employers reviewing their recruitment practices to ensure they are open and fair for all candidates, including those from disadvantaged groups, such as ex-offenders.
10 Things About Criminal Records
A guide created by Unlock for employability professionals supporting people into work. It is designed for practitioners that support people with criminal records into employment.
Unlocking the Potential of the UK's Ex-Offenders
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has produced this short guide, offering information and advice about banning the box and recruiting ex-offenders.
Helping Offenders Find Employment
Russell Webster has put together a resource pack aimed at helping ex-offenders who are looking for employment. The pack is divided into three sections: 1) help with disclosure; 2) help with finding work; and 3) employers with good reputations for taking on offenders.