We were delighted to be asked by NIACRO to visit them in Northern Ireland to speak to their team about the developments (and challenges) in England & Wales regarding criminal records and disclosure. We also took part in the Justice Series at Stormont, where we spoke about the lessons that could be learned from England

This is taken from an update to our Information Hub As part of our attempts to make sure this Hub reflects the genuine experiences of people with convictions, we want to make sure that were highlighting some key examples which we think are relevant to people making use of this site One particular update that

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Launch of hub.unlock.org.uk

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 by

Today, we’re announcing the launch of hub.unlock.org.uk, our brand new online Information Hub. It aims to be the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect. The site builds on the information we’ve had on our main website for a number of years. We’ve wanted to

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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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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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Why? We’ll be explaining about Unlock and our Helpline, which provides confidential peer advice on overcoming the effects of criminal convictions Different topics will be covered in detail at each session Our Helpline Advisors will be on hand to answer any questions you might have You’ll have the opportunity to book a free one-to-one session

As a result of increased staff and voluntary resources available to our helpline, we’ve now been able to re-open our Helpline 5 days a week (it had previously been restricted to 2 days a week). As always, as a small charity, it may not always be possible for us to answer your call immediately, as

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New addition to the team

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 by

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new member of staff. As many of you will know, we’ve had quite a few changes at Unlock recently. When we announced that Chris Bath was leaving us at the end of February, we committed to investing our resources into front-line staff. This ultimately resulted in the

This is an update taken from our Information Hub Today, we’ve published a brief guide which explains some of the changes that the DBS has introduced this week. The Update Service is a new subscription service lets you keep your DBS certificate up-to-date so you can take it with you when you move jobs or roles. The

Changes to insurance disclosure

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 by

The below is post from our Information Hub The reason for this update is to let you know of some changes to insurance disclosure, which came into force in April 2013, which should help many people with convictions. We updated the guidance on our website at the time, but to raise awareness of this, we

This update is taken from our Information Hub As some of you may have seen from the news, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has started, as of yesterday, a process of ‘filtering’ for cautions and convictions held on the Police National Computer. Today, we’ve published our own detailed guide on how the DBS filtering

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We’re disappointed to announce that this morning we’ve received notification from the Government that the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, due to come into force in Spring 2013, have been delayed. The Ministry of Justice provided us with the following: “As you know, the commencement of the reforms are dependent on the

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