It’s fair to say 2020 has been a year of major change – and we’re only halfway through. Whether you’ve been adapting to home working, learning a new skill, or embracing your natural hair, we’re all dealing with change. That can be challenging but there’s a sense that this moment is a portal to the

We’re excited to announce two new job vacancies. We’re looking for ambitious, creative and determined individuals to join our small staff team to become our first Digital and communications manager and our first Policy officer. A summary of the roles can be found below, with links to a recruitment pack for each. To apply for

Nicola Collett, a PhD student at Keele University, is currently researching the potential influence of a criminal record acquired between the ages of 10-25, later on in adulthood. Following on from her last update in September 2019, Nicola writes here about how her research is progressing. I am delighted to be sharing another update on

We’ve just published our update for May 2020. This months update includes: New information on applying for an anonymity order if you’re considering bringing a claim against an employer at an employment tribunal. An update to our page on Covid-19 – Key information for people with criminal records to reflect the amended restrictions now that

Covid-19 and the social distancing measures introduced to help control it are creating challenges for all of us. For people with criminal records, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Since the UK went into lock-down, we’ve been contacted by many people with criminal records – those with criminal records in the community, people

We’ve just published our update for April 2020. This months update includes: New information setting out the latest information and advice on Covid-19 and how it impacts on those with a criminal record. An update to our page on Working in Government – security vetting/security clearance which provides an example of the CTC/SC questionnaire. A

Like many people who receive a conviction, Michaela was ashamed and embarrassed that she had a criminal record. Her conviction led to the loss of her job and her home and although her family and friends had been very supportive, she’d cut herself off from many of them leaving her feeling alone and isolated. Michaela

When Ruby’s son was arrested and charged with a criminal offence she was surprised by the lack of information that was available. Although her son’s solicitor was able to provide plenty of advice about the court case and the sentence he was likely to receive, he knew very little about the ongoing effects of a

During his time in prison, Alan had done all he could to make himself more employable upon release. Knowing that it would be extremely difficult to find work with a conviction which was never spent, Alan did an NVQ course in plumbing as well as attending self-employment and business start-up courses in prison. Upon release,

Fabiola had several convictions which she’d received during a particularly difficult period in her life. Although she’d been to college and changed her life considerably, she was still finding it difficult to find a job that had decent prospects and opportunities to progress. After being turned down for yet another job, Fabiola contacted the Unlock

Knowing when and who to share details of your criminal record with is very often a difficult decision to make, but even more so when you have been convicted of a sexual offence. The only person Luca had spoken to about his conviction was his probation officer who’d told him that as he’d been convicted

Arthur was disappointed to hear that a recruitment agency he’d tried to register with had refused to put him on their books due to his criminal record. He had used the guidance the agency had provided which stated that any prison sentence of over 2.5 years would never be spent and, as he’d received a

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