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.
- Darpak – Confusing information on the internet made me question whether I’d be able to become a trustee
- Lawrence – Court wrongly issued information about my spent convicton
- Charlotte – A lack of understanding of the filtering rules meant I was almost refused a place at university
- Fiona – Incorrect recording of my conditional caution by the police almost cost me my job
- Arthur – Challenging the results of a basic criminal record check carried out by Disclosure Scotland instead of the DBS enabled me to keep my job
- Gerry – Excessive interventions by the police and probation can affect an individuals ability to move on with their lives
- Hilary – Having the confidence to challenge a Public Protection Officers decision enabled my son to find employment
- Katie – Understanding my rights under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) helped me keep my job
- Geraldine – Getting clear advice enabled me to successfully challenge an ineligible DBS check
- Pippa – Knowing what an employer would see about my criminal record made it much easier to disclose my conviction
- Brinley – I successfully challenged an ineligible DBS check and kept my job
- Davina – I was accepted onto a nursing course despite my conviction
- Terence – An intervention by social services may have ruined my chance of a new relationship
- Wes – Having a better understanding of how much access an employer could have to my criminal record gave me the confidence to challenge an employer’s request
- Caleb – Knowing that it was possible to challenge an ineligible criminal record check led to me getting a job in the NHS
- Felix – I’m now working in my dream job thanks to the information and support I was given by Unlock
Selected case work case studies
More case work case studies available here.
- Adam – Should a criminal record prevent the award of a PhD?
- Danny – Failings in the DBS eligibility investigation process meant that my employers became aware of my spent conviction and terminated my contract
- Andy – Having an application for social housing refused on the basis of a spent conviction
- Kelly – Having an insurance policy cancelled due to a comparison company not providing full disclosure
- Dennis – How challenging an ineligible check with an employer can lead to changes in their policy and the correct criminal record checks being conducted
- Kabir – Confirmation from the ICO that my spent conviction couldn’t be used by an employer when deciding not to employ me.
- Clive – A potentially ineligible criminal record check led to the DBS considering barring me from working with children and vulnerable adults
- Darren – An employer carrying out an ineligible check led to my job offer being withdrawn
- Thea – “Clear wording on application forms means applicants know what to disclose”
Case studies about other support for individuals
- Case study – Alan – Finding Unlock’s list of brokers on theInformationHub site made it possible for me to set up my own business
- Case study – Ruby – theInformationHub provided a true source of support
- Case study – Dan – the InformationHub site made me realise how little I knew about criminal records
- Case study – Nathan – the InformationHub site made me realise that people with convictions have rights too
- Case study – Arthur – Using the disclosure calculator didn’t just help me, but others signing on with a recruitment agency
- Case study – Fabiola – Unlock’s disclosure calculator has given me a better understanding of my conviction and when it needs to be disclosed
- Case study – Olivia – Unlock’s disclosure calculator helped me in the family court
- Case study – Roy – Finding out his son’s conviction was spent after using the disclosure calculator
- Case study – Luca – Advice and reassurance from my peers gave me the confidence to apply for my basic DBS certificate
- Case study – Michaela – The support I got from the Unlock forum gave me the confidence to start applying for work
- Case study – Will – Advice from members of theForum helped me make a decision about opening a business bank account
- Case study – Ronald – My personal experience of the Unlock forum
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.
- Insurance brokers must ensure that any guidance they use to assist their customers is clear and does not provide misleading advice or information
- Engaging with an employer can result in questions on an application form being amended
- Employers need to keep track of changes in legislation to ensure guidance given to employees is correct
- Professional bodies should ensure they ask clear questions about criminal records on their application form
- Challenging a Community Rehabilitation Company regarding the failings in their recruitment process
- Social housing providers can only request details of unspent convictions on housing application forms
- Successfully challenging a misleading question on a college application form
- Challenging a misleading question on a Council housing reference form
- Colleges must ensure that if they want to know about criminal records then their questions are very clear
- Housing organisation amends misleading question on their employment application form
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