Positive action to recruit people with criminal records
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, alongside Arts Council England, the Ministry of Justice and the charity Unlock, is asking arts, media and cultural organisations to review their recruitment approaches and take positive action to develop opportunities for people with experience of the criminal justice system.
Our message to employers is this: don’t let a tick box stop you harnessing talent.
A new briefing aims to support organisations to Ban the Box, adopt fairer practices and develop opportunities.
Titled Positive action to recruit people with criminal records into the arts, media and cultural sectors, the briefing outlines why asking candidates about criminal convictions at the initial stage of a job application can lead to indirect discrimination, and why taking positive action to enable people with convictions to find employment can improve diversity, inclusion and skills gaps – providing huge economic, social and cultural benefits for all.
At National Museums Liverpool we are committed to making our recruitment a fair process, which enables, and encourages, all suitable candidates to apply.”
Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool
The benefits for employers are far reaching and there are simple actions to take. Find out how – download the briefing (PDF)