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.

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Click on one of the four types of resources below to get the resources you need.

Tools and Factsheets | Templates  | Technical guides | Webinars

Tools and Factsheets

The social case for Ban the Box  - This factsheet for employers highlights the social case for businesses to increase employment opportunities for people with criminal convictions.

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

Who are ex-offenders? - This factsheet for employers highlights the reality behind common assumptions made about people with criminal convictions, showing that not all ex-offenders pose a risk.

Training for recruiters - This document outlines the training available from external organisations to raise your employees' awareness and understanding of criminal records and how to manage risk through the recruitment process.

Unlock's Recruit! website for employers - Recruit! supports employers in recruiting people with convictions and dealing with criminal records fairly. It shares good practice (such as Ban the Box), provides free guidance and shows what other employers are doing. The site has been developed by Unlock, an independent award-winning charity for people with convictions.


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.

Technical guides

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.

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 (see below for more information).

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. Filtering systems remove certain cautions and convictions from standard and enhanced DBS certificates.

Our latest webinars

Three perspectives on Ban the Box  - This webinar looks the employer’s, the campaigner’s and the job-seeker’s perspective on Ban the Box.

How to respond to the disclosure of criminal convictions  With speakers from Interserve Support Services, J M Scully and Nacro, this webinar provides examples of how companies can create an effective process to decide whether to hire when criminal convictions are disclosed during the recruitment process.

When and how to ask about criminal convictions -  With speakers from Nacro and Working Chance, this webinar highlights options and considerations for each company deciding when and how they would like to ask candidates about their criminal convictions once they've banned the box.