Ban the Box resource bank

These resources will lead you through the practical steps and information required to help your company to Ban the Box.

Toolkits and Factsheets

Why Ban the Box? – Explain Ban the Box to your colleagues with this short factsheet

Ban the Box employer guide - Use our comprehensive Ban the Box guide to make the business case in your organisation and walk through the steps to successfully Ban the Box

Race inequality in the criminal justice system – Understand how you could be indirectly discriminating against BAME job applicants and damaging your diversity efforts through using a tick box

Employing young people with criminal convictions - Find out what steps your business can take to support young people with criminal convictions into employment

Templates

Contacting your HR team - Download and tailor this template email to start the conversation about Ban the Box with your HR team.

Criminal conviction declaration form -This template form is used by Nacro to help a candidate produce a disclosure statement and is suitable for most roles.

Criminal conviction declaration form - This template form is used by Nacro to help a candidate produce a disclosure statement and is suitable for regulated roles

Risk assessment form - This template form is used by Nacro to standardise the risk assessment process for all recruitment.

Support from other organisations 

Recruiting safely and fairly: a practical guide to employing ex-offenders - Developed by Nacro and the CIPD (the professional body for HR and people development), with support from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), this best-practice recruitment guide outlines relevant legislation and aims to help businesses implement fair, safe and responsible policies for employing ex-offenders. 

Recruit! – visit Unlock’s website for employers for resources on when and how to ask about criminal records and how to assess criminal record disclosures.

Employing prisoners and ex-offenders – Hear from employers working with ex-offenders, sign up for help working with prisons and get started with employing ex-offenders on the Ministry of Justice website.

Unlock’s GDPR guide – use the straightforward, practical guide to review your approach to processing criminal records in recruitment.

Criminal record checks: advice for employers - DBS resource - This guide from the Disclosure and Barring Service advises employers on whether and how they can request full criminal records checks for applicants. This is only relevant for regulated roles.

Guide to eligibility for DBS checks - DBS resource - This guide from the Disclosure and Barring Service lists the roles that are regulated and therefore eligible for a full criminal records check.

Practical Guidance on DBS filtering - This guide provides a step-by-step approach helping employers to understanding all aspects of the filtering processes involved in DBS checks.