Unlock, a leading independent charity for people with convictions, has today published guidance to help charities, as well as those involved in them, understand and prepare for changes to charity rules and its impact on people with criminal records. From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more

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We’ve just published our update for January 2018.             This months update includes: Some new information on the introduction of basic criminal record checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service. A personal story from a gentleman who trained to become a barber whilst in prison who’s gone on to provide

From today, the 17th January 2018, basic criminal record checks can now be obtained directly from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) This is a significant development for both people with criminal records and employers in England & Wales. Basic checks are a type of criminal record check that can be used by employers and

Changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules that affect who can run a charity, and particularly people with criminal records, will come into force on 1st August 2018. The current rules only apply to trustees. People with unspent convictions for certain offences, including dishonesty and deception offences, need to be granted a waiver from the Charity

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A few years ago a member of staff of a housing provider who had attended one of our training courses forwarded us a copy of their organisation’s housing allocations policy and application forms. As a result of the training they’d received, they were concerned that their documentation may not be compliant with the Rehabilitation of

Looking back over the last couple of months, we’ve written up a few examples of the people we’ve helped. We hope they give a good idea of how we help people. However, more importantly than our role, we think that these examples show how people with convictions are able to overcome some of the barriers

Andy contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a local council, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role working as an apprentice in their Revenue Office. Andy explained that he had no face to face contact with clients, answering all enquiries over the telephone and believed that

Danny contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a company selling disability aids, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role as a driver/technician, stating that he would be required to instruct and train ‘vulnerable’ adults in the use of some of the equipment he was delivering. In

A few years ago Derek contacted our helpline for some advice around standing for election as a local councillor. Despite the role of a local councillor being covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the Electoral Commission guidance stated that any individual who had received a prison sentence of 3 months or more (including a

Darpak contacted our helpline very concerned about the impact of a motoring offence on his future employment and also his ability to become a trustee of a local charity group attended by his daughter. Darpak explained that although he currently held a senior management position which had not been affected by his conviction, he was

Kelvin contacted our helpline as he wanted some information about the cost of applying to have his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) discharged, as well as details of any solicitors that could help him do this. Kelvin explained that although he was really keen to do this, as it was seriously affecting his chances of

Sally contacted our helpline for some advice on applying for a job as a prison officer. She explained that she had passed the online Prison Officer Selection Test and had attended an assessment day which she had completed successfully. The assessment day had reinforced her determination to work as a prison officer but she was

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