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

In August 2016, we were made aware of a declaration on a building societies corporate ‘buy to let’ mortgage application form which we believed could be misleading. This stated:   I declare that, if I have been convicted of, or cautioned for (or charged but not yet tried with) fraud, arson, robbery or any other

  We were recently contacted by an individual who had been referred by his local job centre to an organisation that ran a job club assisting individuals to get back into work. He was very concerned that the organisation’s referral form asked a question that he believed was misleading and could have led him to

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

Christopher contacted our helpline for some advice around enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. He’d worked as a service engineer on a sub-contracting basis for over 4 years, primarily in residential care homes. Recently the company he worked for had been awarded two new contracts working in schools and they had told him that they needed

Paige contacted our helpline for some advice relating to a situation which had arisen following her nomination as a trustee of her university’s student union board. Shortly after being elected as a trustee, the student union board had been contacted by another student drawing their attention to newspaper reports of a conviction Paige had received about

Sadie contacted the Unlock Helpline for some advice around the disqualification by association requirements. She had been studying for a teaching qualification (PGCE) at university, teaching secondary school-aged children, when details of her new partner’s conviction for a sexual offence were disclosed as additional information on her enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. She had

Ryan contacted our helpline after the school he worked at suspended him from his teaching job due to the non-disclosure of his caution on two ‘Disqualification Declaration’ forms. Ryan explained that although he had received a caution in August 2008, in September 2014 he was able to benefit from legislation introduced in May 2013 and his

Virginia contacted our helpline because she wanted clarification around the filtering of convictions from Disclosure and Barring Service checks. She explained that over 20 years ago she had received a suspended sentence for a fraud offence. She told us that at the time, she didn’t know what she was getting involved in, as far as she

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Lucy contacted our helpline as she needed some advice about a possible ineligible check that had been done by an employer. Lucy explained that she had received a three year prison sentence in 2007 for money laundering. She’d been working on and off since leaving prison but had waited until her conviction was spent before applying

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