Published by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with Business in the Community, the guide, Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups, comes after high demand from the business world for more help and support for employers to become inclusive. Part of the See Potential campaign, it’s already been welcomed by the

The leading charity for people with convictions has welcomed a report published today by the Work and Pensions Committee which calls on government to drastically improve the support provided to people released from prison and do more to encourage employers to recruit people with convictions. Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock, said: “Today’s report shows that

Unlock, the country’s leading charity for people with convictions, today launches a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work

The leading charity for people with convictions has defended a Tower Hamlets school employing a convicted killer and called on more employers to hire ex criminals who have become positive members of society. In response to an article in The Independent and on BBC News, Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock, said: “We speak to people with

              A child who has offended in England and Wales is shackled to the mistakes of their past by a criminal record system which is punitive, and holds them back from reaching their full potential, according to a report released today by the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ).

              Unlock has today welcomed figures obtained by the BBC that show police forces deciding to remove individuals from the sex offenders register. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director of Unlock, said: “Back in 2012 we welcomed the Governments introduction of the review process. It allows people subject to lifetime registration on the

              Unlock Co-Director, Christopher Stacey, has won the High Sheriff of Kent Award for 2016. Each year the High Sheriff recognises individuals and organisations across Kent who are benefitting their communities or demonstrating a particular dedication to improving the lives of others. When informing Christopher that he had won

This week David Cameron unveiled a raft of prison reform measures.  One of these will be  to scrap the declaration of criminal convictions in the initial application stage for civil service jobs. Responding to this announcement, Unlock’s  Christopher Stacey said: “We welcome David Camerons’ commitment to the Ban the Box campaign and in changing the recruitment practice

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Press Release – 22nd January 2016 The High Court has today declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction on their criminal record – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how

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The High Court will tomorrow hear a legal challenge, with the support of Unlock, to the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme. There are two cases being heard on Tuesday 8th December, both focusing on how the system forces people with more than one conviction to disclose them forever when applying for areas of work that involve standard or enhanced

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Today, we have published a briefing that we’ve produced in advance of a debate in the House of Commons this coming Thursday, 3rd December, when the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill is due its Second Reading. The concerns raised in this briefing focus on issues relating to criminal records, and represent the views of

The UK should introduce measures that allow all people with convictions to be potentially regarded as legally ‘rehabilitated’, and therefore not have to disclose their record to employers, according to a report published today. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director of Unlock (a charity for people with convictions), has put forward the proposal as part of a series

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