Our popular ‘criminal record disclosure’ training workshops continue. Our September workshop has now sold out although a waitlist is available. We are, however, pleased to announce that new dates have now been added and are available for booking. 19 September 2018 – Sorry – Sold out – waitlist available 28 November 2018 27 February 2019 24 April 2019 26

New rules that disqualify people from being senior managers or trustees of charities if they have committed certain offences, will come into force on 1 August. In an article published in Third Sector, Christopher Stacey comments on how Unlock, along with the criminal justice charities Clinks and the Prison Reform Trust, wrote to the Charity Commission in May

  As a result of Unlock’s intervention at the Supreme Court in a landmark legal case on the criminal record disclosure regime, we  have featured in the following media: BBC Newsnight ‘Fighting to change my criminal record’     The CIPD news site People Management ‘Criminal record checks could infringe human rights, Supreme Court hears’   The

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              We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new trustees to the board of Unlock – Mark Day, Faye Goldman, Leigh Hardy and Mark Rowe – who took up their posts in June. They bring with them a wealth of skills and experience that will ably assist

  We are actively recruiting Trustees to join the Board at Unlock Unlock is an independent award-winning charity that provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record. We are an innovative, creative and award winning social action charity, seeking people with the appropriate

              Unlock is delighted to publish the Unlock Annual Report 2016/2017 which describes our impact including: feedback from people we have helped: “changed my life actually“, “you have given me hope“, “you are making a very positive contribution to the goal of rehabilitating offenders“ dealing with 6569 enquiries to our helpline

            Following the release of the Justice Committee report into disclosure of youth criminal records, The Independent published a letter from Unlock’s Co-director, Christopher Stacey. In his letter Christopher, who gave evidence to the Committee, wrote:-   “Thousands of people contact ex-offenders charity Unlock every year because of problems they’re

Unlock’s Co-director, Julie Harmsworth, was delighted to speak at a celebration hosted by The High Sheriff of Kent, George Jessel. Working in partnership with Kent Community Foundation (KCF), the High Sheriff welcomed over 80 charities to the ‘Causes that Matter’ event to say thank you to the voluntary sector in Kent for all the wonderful and often unseen work they

Unlock speaks to Paul Lewis of Radio 4 Money Box on how insurers are breaking the law by taking into account old criminal records, disadvantaging millions of people with spent convictions. You can listen to the programme here

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The Lammy Review

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Christopher Stacey speaks to Radio Kent on the report by David Lammy MP and it’s recommendations for reform to the criminal records disclosure regime. Unlock has also commented on David Lammy’s report in the following publications since it was published. CIPD Personnel Today The Express The Independent  

In the last year, our Information Hub website was used over 1.3 million times and we received feedback saying: “Totally anonymous way of accessing important information in relation to a spent conviction and disclosure. Extremely helpful and reassuring. Sincere thanks.”   “Your site has made it clear to me what the law is… and how

An article in the Independent reports that families of offenders face higher premiums and even flat refusals when it comes to getting insurance. The article quotes a report by Unlock, which revealed that 37 per cent of the calls made to its helpline related to insurance. It also revealed a startling issue; that many families of prisoners and

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