Unlock, the country’s leading charity for people with convictions, today officially launches its updated forum which supports people to overcome the stigma of their criminal record. theForum offers people with convictions the chance to: Engage in a positive, peer-to-peer community Provide and receive information, advice and support in overcoming the stigma of a criminal record

We’ve just published our update for August 2016.             This months update includes: Some new information on how to explain gaps in your CV as a result of a criminal record Our updated information on the retention and deletion of police cautions and convictions A personal view on how DBS

Last April we started work on updating our forum and we’re delighted to say that this is now available at forum.unlock.org.uk. Find out how you might benefit from theForum and more about the changes we’ve made. Let us know what you think So visit to check it out – we’re keen for feedback, so let

We’ve got a volunteer vacancy on our helpline.   More details can be found here.

We’ve just published our update for July 2016.             This months update includes: Some new information on an A-Z of job roles and their eligibility for basic, standard and enhanced criminal record checks Our updated information on applying to university A personal view on becoming a solicitor with a criminal

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 June 2016.             This months update includes: Some new information on getting a reference from a previous employer Advice on the best way of approaching a panel interview if you have a criminal record A personal view on how to deal on a daily

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee have launched an inquiry into the benefits and employment support available to people with convictions when they leave prison. They are interested in hearing from anybody who has had experience of the prison system. The deadline for consultation is 15th July 2016. Find out how to

We’ve just published our update for May 2016.             This months update includes: A new page about information on the internet, online and through search engines like Google which includes a search engine removal request Advice on the importance of understanding how Police Certificates are used when working abroad A

In February 2016, we were invited by Plias Resettlement to visit Wormwood Scrubs and Pentonville prisons to present workshops on criminal records and disclosure (they deliver the National Careers Service contract there). The aim was to look at the ongoing effects of a criminal record, how this can affect a person’s ability to reintegrate into

We’ve just published our update for April 2016.             This months update includes: New information on receiving a criminal record whilst you’re in employment Advice on the importance of understanding what’s on your criminal record and knowing what level of criminal record check an employer will be doing Updated information

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

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