Charities lead the way in employing ex-offenders

Charities are "leading the way" in employing ex-offenders after a survey showed that voluntary sector organisations were more than twice as likely as the private sector to appoint someone with a criminal record.

Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, out this week, revealed that 76 per cent of charities had employed an ex-offender over the past two years compared with just 34 per cent in the private sector. The poll involved almost 500 companies across all sectors.

Dianah Worman, diversity adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said that when it came to employing ex-offenders, charities were “leaders in the field”.

“We found much better results in terms of employer attitudes being more positive,” she said.

Many charities had to have employment policies in place for ex-offenders due to obligations around working with vulnerable people, meaning they were more likely to consider taking them on, she added.

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