We’ve just published our update for November 2018.             This months update includes: New information on the Homelessness Reduction Act which came into force earlier this year. A link to the updated list of offences that will never be filtered published by the Disclosure and Barring Service A personal story about

A criminal record can be a real obstacle in getting on in life. But what we don’t know is if people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups face additional barriers that white people don’t. Unlock is an independent charity for people with criminal records. We’re collecting evidence that will help us to better

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We’ve just published our update for October 2018.             This months update includes: New information on EU nationals staying in the UK and deportation from the UK due to a criminal record. A link to updated information on becoming a magistrate. A personal story on applying for and successfully being

Unlock has today published new research that shows the vast majority of national companies continuing to have criminal record declarations as a core part of their initial job application forms. Marking the 5-year anniversary of the Ban the Box campaign, the findings reveal the extent to which national employers have failed to recognise the negative

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Today we’ve published our autumn 2018 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 2018 Newsletter  Previous newsletters

Today we have published new guidance to support employers to ensure that their policies and practices on collecting criminal records data during recruitment is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The guidance makes it clear that collecting criminal records at the initial application stage is unlikely to be

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We’ve just published our update for September 2018.             This months update includes: A new list of insurance brokers who are able to provide commercial insurance policies to people with a criminal record. An advice post highlighting the details of a case heard in the Supreme Court around the disclosure

Unlock, an independent charity for people with convictions, has launched a new pilot project, funded by the UPP Foundation, the registered charity founded by University Partnerships Programme (UPP). The project, Unlocking students with conviction, will see Unlock working with three UK universities – Cardiff University, Goldsmiths and the University of Southampton – supporting them to

We’ve just published our update for August 2018.             This months update includes: An update post setting out changes to the ‘disqualification by association’ element of the Childcare Disqualification Requirements which came into effect on 31st August 2018. A link to updated information on applying to university. A personal story explaining

There are over 11 million people in this country with a criminal record. Many of them play a vital role in contributing to the work of charities. There are many charities, including those working with people in the criminal justice system, that are ‘user led’ or actively involve their beneficiaries at a senior level in

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We’ve just published our update for July 2018.             This months update includes: An advice post setting out the way in which conditional cautions are recorded on the Police National Computer and how this impacts on their being filtered from standard and enhanced DBS checks. A link to some general information

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Tynan, who has joined Unlock as our new policy and practice lead. Rachel has previously worked in the civil service and higher education and joins us following the completion of her PhD and a stint at Open Book at Goldsmiths. Rachel will be leading Unlock’s work

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