Unlock, the leading charity for people with convictions, has today published new research which highlights major problems in the way that insurance companies deal with the criminal records of people applying for home insurance. The charity looked at the approaches of 42 high-street insurance companies and found that two-thirds failed to make it clear to

The latest blog by Christopher Stacey looks at David Lammy’s recommendation to ‘seal’ criminal records and explains why it’s a good idea and how it could work. Read it here.

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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

Commenting on the report by David Lammy MP and his recommendations for reform to the criminal records disclosure regime, Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock, said: “This important review rightly recognises the significant negative impact that the current criminal records disclosure regime has on people’s chances of finding work after they’ve turned their lives around. It

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We’ve just published our update for August 2017.             This months update includes: Updated information on travelling to the US An advice post detailing ways of disclosing your criminal record if you don’t believe you’ve done anything wrong A personal story on getting permission from probation to return overseas following

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is introducing basic criminal record checks for people in England & Wales. This replaces the service previously provided by Disclosure Scotland. This is a significant development for both people with criminal records and employers in England & Wales, so we’ve developed a new information page dedicated to basic DBS checks as

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Having received his first conviction at the age of 60 for a sexual offence, Fraser had many questions and concerns about moving on with his life with a criminal record. He’d found himself cast out by members of his family, dismissed by his long term employer and feeling cast adrift with the stigma of the

As a young adult, Tony had been part of a gang who regularly got into trouble with the police. This had resulted in him receiving four convictions, three of which were for theft/burglary offences. His last conviction was over 30 years ago. In 1978 he had been convicted of a sexual offence, “intercourse with a

Vince is extremely hard of hearing which can make it difficult for him to communicate with people especially on the telephone. He has found the situation is made worse when he has to listen to complex information or instructions. His friends are always happy to assist him and this generally works well. Having successfully applied

Whilst she was still at school, Diana was convicted of seven counts of theft from the school changing room and was sentenced to a 12 months conditional discharge and fines ranging from £1 to £14. Up until then, her childhood had been very chaotic having been taken into local authority care following regular abuse and

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When she was 19, Hilary was found guilty of possession of a prohibited weapon and prohibited ammunition after her then boyfriend forced her to hide them in her handbag as they travelled in a car together and were pulled over by the police. When the case went to court, she received a 2 year conditional

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At the age of 16, Kate took the decision to move out of her family home and began renting a room from somebody she’d met through a friend. After she’d been there for three months and, without any warning, she returned home from college to find that her landlady had thrown the majority of her

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