Christopher Stacey speaks to Three Counties Radio on why employers should be more open to employing people with convictions (Available until 14th January 2017)

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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

We’re pleased to see that the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, is developing an employment strategy and exploring ways to increase the number of employers giving opportunities to people with convictions. We’re keen to ensure that the strategy is informed by both people with convictions and employers, so we’ve written details about the opportunities for you

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People with convictions play an important role in many charities, particularly those working in the criminal justice sector. Becoming a trustee or leading a charity as part of the senior management team are important roles that people with convictions should be encouraged to take on, and we know it can provide people with a positive

                Unlock has spoken to BBC South East Today (no longer available online) Radio 5 live (available until 20th Oct) and Radio Kent (available until 21st) about the discrimination by employers towards people with convictions and how employers are missing out on a pool of talent by asking about an applicants criminal record on

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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

Since the High Court ruling in January, which found that the current criminal record disclosure scheme for standard/enhanced checks was disproportionate, lots of people have been asking us what would happen next. We’re now in a position to say that the Government has appealed against the High Court ruling (which to some extent we expected) –

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Last week the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) published an independent review that has been conducted into their barring operations. As part of our fair access to employment project, we acted as a stakeholder and fed in our thoughts to the review team. Although the review has only just been published, the date on the

We’ve posted a number of anonymous examples of bad practice by employers that we’ve challenged as part of our employment project. These have been posted to our website for employers, which will be fully launched later this summer, and these case studies will help us to support other employers to not make the same mistakes.

We have today published our response to the Government consultation on childcare disqualification Background In May 2016, the Department for Education launched a consultation into amending the childcare disqualification arrangements. Download: Submission – Response to the Government consultation on childcare disqualification More information about our policy work on disqualification by association.

We have today published our submission to the Lammy Review. Background In January 2016, the Prime Minister asked David Lammy MP to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities. Download: Submission to the Lammy Review

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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

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