With the disclosure of old and irrelevant criminal records in the spotlight, Christopher Stacey looks at how the system is unfairly holding people back Over four million jobs every year involve employers requesting an enhanced criminal record from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Although these were originally for roles that involve close contact with

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We’ve just published our update for November 2017.             This months update includes: New information on the implications of accepting a police caution A call-out to anybody with a criminal record who has experienced difficulties in joining the update service with a manual DBS certificate A personal story which details

Our popular ‘criminal record disclosure’ training workshops continue. We are now taking bookings for our ‘Advising with Conviction’ workshops which will take place on selected dates in 2018 As experts on criminal record disclosure, we provide high-quality training to front-line practitioners to ensure that they have accurate and up-to-date knowledge and skills when advising people with convictions. Book

We’ve just published our update for October 2017.             This months update includes: Updated information on the eligibility or standard and enhanced checks A call-out to anybody with a criminal record who has been through the experience of applying to become a trustee A personal story which highlights how more

            Following the release of the Justice Committee report into disclosure of youth criminal records, The Independent published a letter from Unlock’s Co-director, Christopher Stacey. In his letter Christopher, who gave evidence to the Committee, wrote:-   “Thousands of people contact ex-offenders charity Unlock every year because of problems they’re

Unlock responds to Justice Committee report into disclosure of youth criminal records In response to today’s Justice Committee report into the disclosure of youth criminal records, Unlock, a leading independent charity for people with convictions, is calling on the government to drop its legal appeal and get on with reforming the criminal records regime. Christopher

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Unlock’s Co-director, Julie Harmsworth, was delighted to speak at a celebration hosted by The High Sheriff of Kent, George Jessel. Working in partnership with Kent Community Foundation (KCF), the High Sheriff welcomed over 80 charities to the ‘Causes that Matter’ event to say thank you to the voluntary sector in Kent for all the wonderful and often unseen work they

Today we’ve published our autumn 2017 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: Autumn 2017 Newsletter  Previous newsletters

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 September 2017.             This months update includes: New information on applying for a taxi licence An update to our page on challenging an ineligible Disclosure and Barring Service check A personal story on getting a job working for the NHS following a caution for

Unlock speaks to Paul Lewis of Radio 4 Money Box on how insurers are breaking the law by taking into account old criminal records, disadvantaging millions of people with spent convictions. You can listen to the programme here

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Unlock, the leading charity for people with convictions, has today published new research which highlights major problems in the way that insurance companies deal with the criminal records of people applying for home insurance. The charity looked at the approaches of 42 high-street insurance companies and found that two-thirds failed to make it clear to

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