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

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

After working for a bank for several years, Felix had applied for a new role as a mortgage broker. The bank had carried out a basic DBS check when Felix was initially employed but, as his convictions were spent, nothing was disclosed on his certificate. However, he had recently discovered that his new role would

Caleb contacted our helpline as he was concerned that a recruitment agency were going to carry out an ineligible criminal record check. Caleb explained that he had a spent conviction for criminal damage from 2016. He’d always been very embarrassed about it and found it difficult to talk about and, it was for this reason

Wes contacted our helpline for some advice as he was concerned about how much access he should give a potential employer to his criminal record. Wes explained that he’d applied for a job as a university lecturer following an approach by the Head of Faculty. He knew that as his role would bring him into

Thea contacted our helpline for some advice in completing a university application form. Thea explained that she had two old cautions which were eligible for filtering (and so would not appear on her enhanced DBS certificate). However, the wording of the university’s statement and question on their application form implied that she needed to disclose

Our helpline was contacted recently by an individual who had some concerns about the questions being asked relating to criminal records on a homeless accommodation provider’s job application form. The individual had been applying to be an administrative assistant and, having seen the job description, assumed that the role would be eligible for a basic

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