Ban the Box

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From 15 to 26 October 2018, Business in the Community is marking the 5th anniversary of Ban the Box, which calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the criminal records tick box from application forms.
Read how companies such as Costain, Tideway and North Midland Construction are developing tailored approaches for directly recruiting ex-offenders from prisons 
Don’t take a tick box approach to finding your next new recruit. Remove the criminal record tick box from application forms; ask about candidates’ criminal convictions later.
42 year-old Ian works for Boots as an Inbound Team Leader, based at one of the company’s warehouses in the East Midlands. This November marks three years of Ian’s employment at Boots, and in this short amount of time his job has enabled him to get a mortgage, and start a family with his partner. To many of us, Ian’s situation might not sound like anything particularly remarkable. But just two years before Ian started his job at the warehouse he was serving a prison sentence.
Bristol City Council has become the first local authority to Ban the Box. The Council will no longer ask applicants to disclose any criminal convinctions until after a conditional job offer has been made, allowing applicants the best possible chance to demonstrate their aptitude for a role, and the council to access a greater range of skills and experiences.
Bristol City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to become a Ban the Box employer, removing barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions.
These resources will lead you through the practical steps and information required to help your company to Ban the Box.
Last month support services firm, Interserve, launched its Opportunities for All campaign, highlighting the ways businesses can provide skills and employment support to those that need it most. 
As part of this campaign, Interserve has pledged to support 20 of its key suppliers to sign up to Ban the Box and reduce the barriers to work for ex-offenders. Interserve employee, Lynsey Barker, shares her experience of being caught up in the criminal justice system and why she supports the Opportunities for All campaign.