We’ve just published our update for May 2018.             This months update includes: Some new information providing examples of self-disclosure statements/letters. A link to an advice post setting out the problems encountered when using a comparison website with an unspent conviction. A personal story on responding to a recruitment agency

Back in 2016, we ran two disclosure workshops at HMP Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville. This was because the organisations working in resettlement felt that individuals in prison were often unaware of where to go to get information and advice about the long term effects of a criminal record and that workshops dealing with all aspects

As a result of being on the sex offenders register, it was necessary for Mike to inform the police every time he intended to travel overseas. Mike had spoken to his Public Protection Unit Officer about the possibility of going on holiday to Thailand and had been told by the PPU officer that he had

Ronald has been a member of Unlock’s forum for a while now and has found it to be totally unique. He believes there are so few practical and effective resources available to people with convictions and so few organisations committed to the betterment and improvement of those affected by an institutionalised view that once someone

After his son received a prison sentence, Craig found it really difficult to find an insurance company that was able to provide him with a quote for house insurance. Even though he knew that his son’s conviction may cause him difficulties in getting a job, Craig had no idea that his son’s conviction would impact

Although Brian’s conviction for a minor offence was over 25 years ago he was still struggling to move forwards. Brian’s conviction forever worried him, it often kept him awake at night and occasionally led to periods of real despair. Over the years, the constant fear of being ‘found out’ for being a ‘bad’ person tainted

Paul had been convicted of a sexual offence about 20 years ago which resulted in a short prison sentence. Ashamed and embarrassed about the conviction, Paul did everything he could to move on from it. This meant making sure that he never put himself in a position where he needed to disclose it, for example

When Roy’s son was convicted of a criminal offence, it was the first time that any member of his family had experienced the criminal justice system. The conviction impacted on every member of his family and there were many times when they felt demoralised with little hope for the future. They could see no end

Andy contacted our helpline after his employer informed him that they intended carrying out an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check for his job as a driver for an out of hours doctors service. Before the check was submitted, Dennis had disclosed details of his criminal record and had been suspended by his employer.

Fiona contacted our helpline for some information and advice around filtering and disclosure. She had received a caution for common assault in 2010 and had been told by the police at the time that it would be deleted after five years. She had subsequently discovered that her caution would remain on the Police National Computer until

We’ve just published our update for April 2018.             This months update includes: Some new information providing a step-by-step guide to applying for a basic DBS check. A link to our updated page on pub licensees (personal licence). A personal story on becoming a qualified football coach with a criminal

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

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