Ex-offenders

The Ministry of Justice has issued a Call for Evidence to improve their understanding of:

1. Inclusive Recruitment Practices

What are employers doing, if anything, to create fair opportunities for ex-offenders to compete for jobs within their organisations in the UK?

What information or support would help employers to make the decision to remove the criminal conviction declaration tick-box from their job application forms?

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Individual Placement & Support (IPS), Mental health, Ex-offenders
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research

Only 6% of people leaving prison receive support to find competitive work. Funded by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The Henry Smith Charity, and Garfield Weston Foundation, this project worked with prison leavers from eight West Midland prisons.

This project trialled Individual Placement and Support (IPS) with a population it had not been tested on before: people with mental health problems leaving prison.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Ex-offenders
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Framework

People with a criminal conviction face several barriers on release from prison, with access to employment and education being at the forefront. Not only are many ex-offenders often unprepared for employment on release in terms of their skills and training, but there remains a stigma among some employers about hiring people with a criminal conviction. With reoffending costing the UK billions each year, more must be done to improve employment opportunities for ex-offenders to reduce the number of prison leavers that reoffend.

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