New Chair of Trustees at Unlock

by / Friday, 04 November 2016 / Published in Latest, News @ Unlock

We’re delighted to announce that Andrew Henley, Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University, has recently been appointed to the role of Chair of Trustees at Unlock.

Andrew has been a member of Unlock’s Board since 2013 and prior to this he conducted research for the charity’s information hub. His association with the charity is linked to his research interest in the post-sentence impact of criminal records on people’s life chances.  He has recently submitted his PhD which took the form of a critical history of legal rehabilitation in England and Wales. The thesis examined in detail the conception and passage of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – a piece of legislation which enables certain criminal records to become ‘spent’ after a period of time, meaning that they do not need to be declared for most purposes. However, a large number of occupations are exempt from the protections of this Act and prison sentences over a certain length (currently four years) are not capable of becoming ‘spent’ under the law – a position which Unlock has long been involved in challenging.

On his appointment as Chair, Andrew said:

“It is a real honour to be leading the Board of Unlock. With only a small team of staff and volunteers, the charity really does punch above its weight in terms of impact. Each year it helps hundreds of thousands of individuals with information, advice and advocacy and supports them to move forwards positively with their lives. Crucially, because the charity does not receive funding for delivering services on behalf of government, it is able to take a critical stance and challenge unjust policies and practices, effecting real changes of benefit to the 10.5 million people in the UK with a criminal record.”


Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock

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  • linda stonebridge

    I am due in court shortly on a very minor shoplifting charge I already have a clean dbs as this is my first offence my dbs is due in January 2018 what do I need to do

  • James Gregg

    I am fed up with companies who have no legal right to ask for a DBS check getting away with this.
    I know normally the NHS are exempt and can ask for an enhanced DBS check but it shouldn’t be allowed except Basic Check if you are not coming in contact physically with children or a vulnerable adult.
    Example: 111 or 999 call handlers are in a call centre yet are expected to give a Enhanced DBS check. Why is this allowed.
    Just because it’s NHS shouldn’t mean every job gets an Enhanced check. call centre staff shouldn’t have to.
    I used to be a 111 call handler but i am no longer allowed to do this job, a job i loved, even though my conviction is spent, because i would have to notify them of the conviction.
    Totally unfair.

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