It’s fair to say 2020 has been a year of major change – and we’re only halfway through. Whether you’ve been adapting to home working, learning a new skill, or embracing your natural hair, we’re all dealing with change. That can be challenging but there’s a sense that this moment is a portal to the

We’re excited to announce two new job vacancies. We’re looking for ambitious, creative and determined individuals to join our small staff team to become our first Digital and communications manager and our first Policy officer. A summary of the roles can be found below, with links to a recruitment pack for each. To apply for

Nicola Collett, a PhD student at Keele University, is currently researching the potential influence of a criminal record acquired between the ages of 10-25, later on in adulthood. Following on from her last update in September 2019, Nicola writes here about how her research is progressing. I am delighted to be sharing another update on

We’ve just published our update for May 2020. This months update includes: New information on applying for an anonymity order if you’re considering bringing a claim against an employer at an employment tribunal. An update to our page on Covid-19 – Key information for people with criminal records to reflect the amended restrictions now that

Covid-19 and the social distancing measures introduced to help control it are creating challenges for all of us. For people with criminal records, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Since the UK went into lock-down, we’ve been contacted by many people with criminal records – those with criminal records in the community, people

We’ve just published our update for April 2020. This months update includes: New information setting out the latest information and advice on Covid-19 and how it impacts on those with a criminal record. An update to our page on Working in Government – security vetting/security clearance which provides an example of the CTC/SC questionnaire. A

Today we’ve published our spring 2020 newsletter. The newsletter provides an update of the news at Unlock in the last three months. It’s sent to everyone who’s on our public mailing list, and we hope it’s a useful way of keeping up to date with what we’ve been up to. Read: Spring 2020 Newsletter  Previous

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

We’ve just published our update for March 2020. This months update includes: An update to our page on types of criminal record checks to include details of the number of checks carried out in a year and the percentage of these that disclose information relating to cautions/convictions. A personal story from an employer whose attitude

Going Forward into Employment is a government wide scheme providing employment opportunities in the civil service for people from a range of backgrounds. Prison leavers are one of the groups that can benefit from the scheme, and so far more than 30 people have taken up a civil service post after release. The Going Forward

Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) in Northern Ireland announced it was making changes to what is disclosed on standard and enhanced criminal record checks, in response to the Supreme Court ruling in January 2019. The criminal record checking process in Northern Ireland (administered by AccessNI) is separate to that in England and Wales (administered

Like every person and every organisation, we’re changing how we do things in response to the Covid-19 virus and we’ll keep this page updated with developments. In response to the government advice at the time, and in particular in advising social distancing and working from home where possible, we temporarily closed the Unlock office on

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