Supreme Court judgement on criminal records disclosure is a victory for common sense, says Business in the Community

The UK Supreme Court has issued a ruling stating that the criminal records disclosure regime, as it applies to multiple convictions and childhood warnings and reprimands, is disproportionate. Jessica Rose, Campaign Manager at Business in the Community responds.
“Today’s Supreme Court judgment is a victory for common sense. This will affect thousands of people with old and minor criminal records who would have had to disclose these when asked by an employer. We support calls from our partners at Unlock and Nacro for a fundamental review of the criminal record disclosure regime to further remove barriers to work for ex-offenders.
“Alongside this, we still need employers to change their own systems and processes to offer a fair chance for ex-offenders to compete for jobs. Our Ban the Box campaign asks employers not to ask about criminal convictions at the first stage of the recruitment process and to ensure that the circumstances of any conviction are fairly assessed against their relevant to and risk within the role before a decision is made. More employers are needed to join the more than 120 employers who are already taking this approach to recruitment.”
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About Ban the Box
Ban the Box is a campaign asking companies to remove the tick box from job application forms asking people to disclose whether they have an ‘unspent’ criminal conviction. For candidates applying to the majority of employers who have not removed the box, or for roles under Ban the Box (including regulated roles) where they are asked at a later stage in the recruitment process, this case means that if a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check was run, the offence would not come up. Find out more about Ban the Box and employing ex-offenders at
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About Business in the Community
Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
We use our Responsible Business Map to guide members on a journey of continuous improvement, working across the whole responsible business agenda. From community engagement to employment, diversity and the circular economy, we offer expert advice and specialist resources, driving best practice by convening, sharing learning and recognising great performance across our influential network.