Ban the Box aims to give people with convictions a fairer chance at securing employment, by encouraging companies to ask the conviction question at a later point in the application process. This reduces the risk of unfair discrimination and overlooking talent.

Ban the Box asks companies to commit to:

  • Remove any tick box from the initial job application forms that ask about criminal convictions
  • Consider applicants’ skills, experience and ability to do the job before asking about criminal convictions
  • Review their employment processes to ensure that when a candidate discloses a criminal conviction they are given a full opportunity to explain the situation
  • Ensure that the circumstances of any conviction are fairly assessed against their relevance to and risk within the role before a decision is made

We are bringing this campaign to NI following its success in England where the campaign and it’s signatories opened up one million job roles within UK businesses for people with convictions. Companies are being supported to sign up to Ban the Box through advisory workshops, Seeing is Believing visits, and employer toolkits and guides.

Find out more about Ban the Box

Download the Ban the Box Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Employers

Click here to complete a form to download the Ban the Box Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Employers. This toolkit provides a step-by-step approach to help you and your organisation implement a fair and inclusive recruitment process.

Watch a webinar recording

Ban the Box: Q&A Session | Hiring and Criminal Records: Fair and Safe Recruitment Practice – Click here to watch back

Ban the Box: Employing people with convictions in NI – Click here to watch back

Ban the Box: No one left behind by a tick box – Click here to watch back

Join the steering group

The Ban the Box Steering Group oversees and helps drive the campaign. It meets quarterly.  We are currently seeking representatives from the Retail and Hospitality sectors. To find out more, contact Sara Neilson.

Complete the form below to sign your organisation up to Ban the Box

We are very grateful to our funders the Department of Justice and Northstone, who are helping us launch Ban the Box in NI. We’re working with support from NIACRO and Equality Commission for NI to develop this exciting campaign.