Unlock endorses ‘Ban the box’

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 by

Unlock has today lent its support and endorsement to the ‘ban the box’ campaign, which is being led by Business in the Community. The aim of the campaign is to increase the opportunity for people with convictions to compete for jobs. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director at Unlock, said “We believe that that, by banning the box,

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Please see below an update that we have received from the Ministry of Justice late last week regarding planned changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Although we’re disappointed to bring you this news, we felt it was important to provide an update as soon as we knew that the situation had formally changed.

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Today we delivered a training session to the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending (EFFRR), covering a range of common questions that employers have when they are looking to recruit people with convictions.  Download a factsheet that was produced after the session. Find out more information about our support for employers here.

On a daily basis, our helpline gets calls from people who are applying for work and don’t know where they stand because of criminal record checks that (increasingly) employers are carrying out. A couple of years ago, we approached the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service – known as the CRB at that time) and raised

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This week, the Scottish Government has (finally) launched its consultation on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. England & Wales has passed its own reforms on this (although they’re still waiting to come into force), but these will not change the situation in Scotland. The Scottish Government hasn’t put forward a specific proposal at this stage, which

Court of Appeal rules on CRB checks

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 by

Linked to our press release on the recent Court of Appeal decision around CRB checks, we’ve given radio interviews to Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Wales. Both are these can be listened to below.

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Working prisoners

Friday, 10 August 2012 by

Christopher Stacey discusses on Radio Wales the issue of prisoners working both in and outside of prison. The interview can be listened to below.

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Prisoners who take jobs outside jail have launched a High Court challenge to keep a great share of their wages, claiming too much goes to victim support. We’re featured in the article as we’re supporting the case. Read the article here.

We’ve contributed to a discussion on BBC Tees about the attitudes of employers towards people with convictions

Eric Allison has written a piece in The Guardian about the difficulties that people with convictions face. It features a comment from Unlock, as well as a case study.

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