Telling An Employer About Criminal Records: A Guide For Ex-offenders

Want to get back to work but worried about telling an employer about your criminal record? This guide for people with criminal convictions and their advisors, can help.

This guide will help people with criminal convictions to:

  • understand their criminal record
  • check when they need to tell an employer about their criminal conviction(s)
  • decide how they will tell an employer about their conviction(s).

This guide, which should be used by advisers in discussion with the people they support, can help prepare people to disclose their criminal convictions. It was funded as part of the work of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance, a coalition of 13 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities, working to evidence and promote approaches for young adults through the criminal justice process. T2A is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, an independent, charitable foundation, committed to bringing about socially just change.

Nacro, a UK-based crime reduction charity with 50 years of experience, has comprehensive, up-to-date guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and numerous other definitive resources on resettlement issues. For further advice and support on disclosing criminal records, see Nacro’s Resettlement Advice Service web section.

Unlock, a national charity for people with convictions, has resources on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. These will help to understand whether convictions are now regarded as ‘spent’ under the reforms. All are available to download from the Unlock online information hub.

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