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  

Our popular ‘criminal record disclosure’ training workshops continue. We are now taking bookings for our ‘Advising with Conviction’ workshops which will take place on selected dates in 2018 As experts on criminal record disclosure, we provide high-quality training to front-line practitioners to ensure that they have accurate and up-to-date knowledge and skills when advising people with convictions. Book

Our popular ‘criminal record disclosure’ training workshops continue. We are now taking bookings for the next ‘Advising with Conviction’ one-day course which will take place on 4th October 2017 As experts on criminal record disclosure, we provide high-quality training to front-line practitioners to ensure that they have accurate and up-to-date knowledge and skills when advising people

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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The Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. Reporting on the news, The Law Society Gazette said that the government will have to go back to the drawing board. In the article, Christopher Stacey of Unlock explained that the charity is contacted

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Around 50% of offenders re-offend within a year. Lack of money for basic necessities can increase the risk of re-offending. The first few weeks after release from prison are critical. Many prisons offer some sort of basic financial advice to help ex-offenders navigate life on the outside but recent changes mean provision can be patchy.

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Christopher Stacey talks to  Three Counties Radio  on whether employers should be discouraged from asking about convictions at the  application stage.  This would give  applicants  the chance to be judged on their skills and abilities first and give them the opportunity to disclose their convictions, in person, at a later stage of the application process.

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Our popular ‘criminal record disclosure’ training workshops continue. We are now taking bookings for the next ‘Advising with Conviction’ one-day course on 19th April 2017 ! Update – sorry sold out As experts on criminal record disclosure, we provide high-quality training to front-line practitioners to ensure that they have accurate and up-to-date knowledge and skills when

An article published  by Nat West suggests that one  remedy to fill the UK’s skills gap could be to hire more ex-offenders and discusses what is the best way to go about it. Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, contributes to the article, stating “We know from employers that have been proactive in recruiting people with convictions that they make good employees.

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