Finding work with a criminal record is fraught – and often, maintaining employment in complex and changing circumstances can be even harder. Yet evidence and experience show many justice-involved job-seekers are motivated workers, capable of making the most of opportunities when given a chance. And employment and training provide the stability, purpose and resources young people need to move away from the criminal justice system and onto a better path.
But how can employers safely and practically manage the opportunity of hiring someone with a criminal record? How can workers and peers support young people to secure and maintain employment or training, amid challenging circumstances? And how can we, as a community, meet our responsibility to ensure marginalised young people aren’t left behind?
We put these questions, and more, to our group of experts in this youth justice roundtable conversation, which is adapted from the Justice in Jobs webinar we held in July 2022.