What is it?

The aim of banning the box is to increase the opportunity for people with convictions to compete for jobs. We’re promoting the campaign as part of our fair access to employment project and to encourage ‘fair chance recruitment’ practices by employers in the UK.

We believe that, by banning the box, employers are better able to consider convictions at a more appropriate stage in the recruitment process, and at the same time are able to give people with convictions a better opportunity to compete for jobs. Far too often we hear from people who are unable to get past the application part of a recruitment process simply because they have to tick ‘yes’ to the questions about convictions. For employers, the end goal has to be to try and find the best person for the job, and with over 9 million people in the UK with a criminal record, banning the box about convictions is one simple step towards this goal. Behind the scenes, we work with employers to help them put the principles of this campaign into practice in their company, using our knowledge and experience of working with both individuals who have convictions as well as employers who are actively looking to improve their recruitment policies and practices.

‘Banning the box’ is part of ‘Fair Chance Recruitment’ policies. These originate from the United States (where they’re known as ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ practices) and have ‘Ban the Box’ at the heart of changes in employer recruitment practice. All of Us or None and the National Employment Law Project in particular have promoted this in the United States.


Why should employers ban the box?

We’ve got information about why it’s important for employers to ban the box on our website for employers, Recruit!


Who has banned the box?

There are details of companies that have banned the box.


What’s our approach to recruitment?

Find out more about Unlock’s approach to recruitment here.

Latest news

See the bottom of this page for our latest posts about this work. You can also find below the latest from Twitter, using the hashtag #bantheboxuk (although we cannot endorse what gets displayed here).

Interactive video

There is a great interactive video that helps you to understand the importance of banning the box.



Find out more about our fair access to employment project.

For information about why it’s important to ban the box, visit the Ban the Box page on Recruit!.

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