This page highlights some of the case studies and success stories that have come about as a result of our:
- Support for individuals
- Policy & campaign work
- Support for practitioners
- Work with employers
- Work with other organisations
We also feature personal success stories as part of our online magazine, theRecord.
1. Case studies and success stories – Our support for individuals
Through providing direct and online information, advice and support, we help people to move on positively in their lives.
A selection of stories involving people that we’ve helped can be found below. For the latest stories relating to our support, click here.
Selected helpline case studies
More helpline case studies are available here.
- Fraser – The confidence to work in the NHS
- Michelle – Insurer refusing to pay out on a claim
- Benny – Success with the Scouts
- Lee – Negotiating disclosure with the police
- Mia – Travel abroad whilst on licence
- Jamie – You can be forgotten – Success when applying to Google
- Kevin – It’s always worth applying to Google to have search links removed even if source sites refuse to remove the story
- Max – Don’t let the fact that an employer is asking for a DBS check put you off applying for a job
- Jennifer – Making a conscious decision to disclose my spent convictions still got me the job of CEO
- Terence – Helping a couple navigate the ‘disqualification by association’ regulations and the negative impact it is having
- William – Ineligible Disclosure and Barring Service check leads employer to withdraw job offer
- Lucy – I lost a job because I didn’t realise the impact of a ‘relevant’ order
Selected case work case studies
More case work case studies available here.
- Anne – Should a criminal record prevent the award of a PhD?
- Neil – A successful appeal to work in the security industry
- Alistair – Proving to an employer that it’s spent
- Paige – Nearly ‘sacked’ from being a trustee for failing to disclose my conviction
- Ryan – Suspended from my job because my employers didn’t understand the filtering legislation
- Adam – Adopting children with old convictions
Case studies about other support for individuals
- Case study – Vince – the InformationHub provided me with an anonymous and easy way to get answers to my questions
- Case study – Tony – Using the disclosure calculator to work out when my convictions are spent has changed my life
- Case study – Fraser – Engaging with my peers through Unlock’s online forum has not only increased my knowledge but also my mental well-being
2. Case studies – Our policy & campaign work
Through our policy and campaign work, the changes that we achieve help to improve the life chances of people with convictions.
Examples of our policy & campaign work can be found below.
- ROA reforms of 2014 – Comments from some that benefited
- Unlock complaint leads to ruling that the Disclosure and Barring Service breached the Data Protection Act
Separately, we publish policy cases – these are examples that show the need for change.
3. Case studies and success stories – Our support for practitioners
A selection of stories involved practitioners that we’ve helped can be found below. For the latest success stories relating to our support for practitioners, click here.
- Michael – The benefits of training
- David – “As an ex-offender, I thought I had a good grasp”
- Ixion – Working with Unlock to train NOMS CFO Case Managers
4. Case studies and success stories – Our work with employers
Through working with employers, we help them to employ people with convictions and deal with criminal records fairly.
5. Case studies and success stories – Our work with other organisations
Through working with other organisations, we help to make sure that they treat people with convictions fairly. There’s more details about this work here.
A selection of case studies are below and you can also see the latest ones.
- Helping an insurance broker update their guidance for people with convictions
- Insurance comparison sites must ensure that the questions they ask are relevant and only related to the people on the insurance policy
- Insurance brokers must ensure that any guidance they use to assist their customers is clear and does not provide misleading advice or information
- Misleading question on television production company application form
- Bookshop potentially undertaking ineligible DBS checks
- Misleading statement on an insurance company declaration form
- Misleading question on a support organisation’s referral form
- Misleading declarations on a mortgage company’s application forms
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