Larry contacted our helpline for some advice about finding a job with an unspent conviction. Larry stated that he’d recently been released from prison after serving two and a half years of a five year sentence for robbery. He was desperate to find a job so that he could afford to rent somewhere to live and

William contacted our helpline after he’d received a copy of his Subject Access Request (SAR) from the police and discovered that a conviction for possession of Class C drugs had been recorded twice on the Police National Computer (by the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police). He immediately contacted ACRO Criminal Records Office who confirmed

Andy contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a local council, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role working as an apprentice in their Revenue Office. Andy explained that he had no face to face contact with clients, answering all enquiries over the telephone and believed that

Danny contacted our helpline for some advice after his employer, a company selling disability aids, had requested an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for his role as a driver/technician, stating that he would be required to instruct and train ‘vulnerable’ adults in the use of some of the equipment he was delivering. In

A few years ago Derek contacted our helpline for some advice around standing for election as a local councillor. Despite the role of a local councillor being covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the Electoral Commission guidance stated that any individual who had received a prison sentence of 3 months or more (including a

Darpak contacted our helpline very concerned about the impact of a motoring offence on his future employment and also his ability to become a trustee of a local charity group attended by his daughter. Darpak explained that although he currently held a senior management position which had not been affected by his conviction, he was

Kelvin contacted our helpline as he wanted some information about the cost of applying to have his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) discharged, as well as details of any solicitors that could help him do this. Kelvin explained that although he was really keen to do this, as it was seriously affecting his chances of

Sally contacted our helpline for some advice on applying for a job as a prison officer. She explained that she had passed the online Prison Officer Selection Test and had attended an assessment day which she had completed successfully. The assessment day had reinforced her determination to work as a prison officer but she was

Richard contacted our helpline for some advice following a request he’d made to his previous employer for a reference. He’d worked for them for almost 20 years and his advisor at the job centre suggested that getting their agreement to provide a reference would help him when filling out job application forms. His previous employers

Ray contacted our helpline for some advice regarding travel to the US. In 2011 Ray had been convicted of 3 minor offences and having decided to visit the US for a holiday, he sought some advice from an immigration solicitor about whether he would be allowed to visit as he’d heard that anybody with a

Christopher contacted our helpline for some advice around enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. He’d worked as a service engineer on a sub-contracting basis for over 4 years, primarily in residential care homes. Recently the company he worked for had been awarded two new contracts working in schools and they had told him that they needed

Sadie contacted the Unlock Helpline for some advice around the disqualification by association requirements. She had been studying for a teaching qualification (PGCE) at university, teaching secondary school-aged children, when details of her new partner’s conviction for a sexual offence were disclosed as additional information on her enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate. She had

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