Prison numbers have risen to an all time high and almost a fifth of the working age adult population in the UK has a criminal conviction. But prison and sentencing does not provide the cure. With some 90% of those sentenced in England and Wales in 2011 having offended before, many people are locked in a cycle of re-offending.
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The Ban the Box resource bank has a lot of useful information to help equip employers with the skills and expertise they need to encourage positive disclosure of unspent convictions and assess relevance of criminal convictions to role requirements. Below are a few quick links to some useful resources on the page.
Telling an employer about your criminal record: guide and top tips
Details of what and how (ex) offenders should tell employers about their criminal record.
Ban the Box Organisations: Case studies on how and why organisations have removed the tick box asking about unspent convictions from their application forms.
How to respond to the disclosure of criminal convictions - webinar summary
How to assess the relevance of unspent convictions and embed positive disclosure practises into your recruitment processes.
Criminal Conviction Declaration Form - most roles
An example of best practice for asking about unspent convictions.