Ban the Box

Mainstream recruitment practices often exclude people with convictions from employment opportunities - sometimes deliberately, often inadvertently.

The criminal record tick box is used on many application forms as a filtering mechanism during recruitment and can discourage people from applying.

Ban the Box calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process.

Sign up to Ban the Box to access diverse, untapped talent and stop the cycle of reoffending.

More than 90 employers have now signed up, including Boots, the Southbank Centre and the entire Civil Service. See who has banned the box​.

Ban the Box – benefits to employers

Banning the Box is the first step to reducing reoffending through employment and brings a number of business benefits, including:

1. Access to a wider, more diverse talent pool

Ban the Box increases access to a wide range of skills and experiences which can help to address skills shortages and support efforts to increase diversity.

We have ex-offenders employed in our visitor host team and as volunteers - they are high-performing, valued members of the team.

- Katy Dent,
HR Director, Southbank Centre

2. Access to valuable employees

Many organisations that actively employ ex-offenders report positive experiences. Ex-offenders have high retention rates and make reliable and hard-working employees.

3. Reputational benefits

65% of organisations that promote their efforts to hire ex-offenders in the media report a positive impact on their corporate reputation.

4. Responsible business credentials

Ban the Box demonstrates commitment to being an inclusive employer and is evidence of your positive contribution to local communities and wider society.

Watch our interactive video to understand the importance of Ban the Box.

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1. CIPD, Employing ex-offenders to capture talent, 2007.