Unlock and Prison Reform Trust are investigating employers attitudes to people with different conviction types. We know that people with sexual offence or arson convictions find it more difficult to secure employment. While some convictions may make someone unsuitable for certain jobs, there are many more jobs where conviction type is irrelevant. We will work with employers and others to find out what measures could increase opportunities for employment for different groups, and test the idea that stigma can be reduced by raising awareness of the facts.

To date, we have held a workshop with employers and distributed a survey to more than 200 companies. We’ll be following up with interviews, and our final report and recommendations will be published in August 2019.

To find out more, contact rachel.tynan@unlock.org.uk or kimmett.edgar@prisonreformtrust.org.uk

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