Increasing employment prospects for prisoners on release is key to reducing reoffending. As Susanna Stevens, Manager of Timpsons says:
"I’ve been given a second chance and I took it. I hope I proved to everybody that it was worth taking a chance on me. I would not go back to prison. Without this job I couldn’t really see a future."
From Prison to Profit - as part of the BBC's World Service 100 Women season, the BBC interviewed six women across three continents, each with a criminal record, who have turned their lives around by starting their own businesses. Read their stories here or listen to the radio broadcast.
Need advice on disclosure? Nacro provides a series of articles to support practitioners who need more information on disclosure. The guides explain the law on disclosure and criminal record checks and whether a person needs to disclose their criminal record. As well they offer guidance on positive approaches people can take to disclosure; the Helping your client with disclosure article includes a preparation for disclosure resource that you can download for use in the classroom.
Do you know of other examples where employers are working with prisons to provide routes into employment? Please get in touch with the Foundation's Leadership, Management and Governance team.
Here are some resources to help you increase the likelihood of your learners securing employment upon release. A wide variety of our free offender learning resources can be requested in print format using this order form.