Patricia contacted our helpline for advice after her employer had threatened to suspend her for non-disclosure of her criminal record. Patricia told us that she had been employed by her present company for approximately 3 years. Knowing that her convictions would show on her Disclosure and Barring Service check, she disclosed them to her line

Bernadette contacted our helpline desperate for any help we could give her around her employment situation. In the early 1990’s Bernadette received a conviction for theft. She was convicted of two separate offences and, despite being very young at the time and this being her first offence, it resulted in a prison sentence. Bernadette explained

Alisha contacted our helpline as she needed some advice around disclosure prior to an interview that she’d been invited to attend. Alisha explained that she had received a caution for shoplifting approximately 13 years ago and, due to the nature of her work, she had always needed a DBS check. Her caution had always shown

Sharmini contacted our helpline following the withdrawal of two job offers; one with an insurance company and the other a high street bank. She told us that during her interviews with both employers she disclosed that she had a motoring conviction and that both employers indicated that this would not be a problem. On the most recent

Benny contacted our helpline to find out whether his convictions from about 15 years ago would be filtered and if so, what was the process for asking the DBS to filter them. He explained that as a result of an undiagnosed mental health illness, he was convicted of two offences and had received a hospital order.

  Alan contacted us for some information about applying to come off the Sexual Offences Register. He was on the register indefinitely and so far had been on it for almost 15 years. He had found it almost impossible to get a job and has only had one short term temporary position since 2001. He’d

  Davina contacted us for some assistance with an employment dispute. She had been employed as a dental receptionist having been recruited by a friend (who was the Practice Manager). The manager was aware of her previous convictions which included shoplifting and driving offences but as the recruitment process was very informal, Davina wasn’t asked

Gary contacted our helpline after being told by the university at which he was studying that, as a result of his criminal conviction, they would be permanently excluding him. Gary explained that he had been studying Civil Engineering when on the way home from a friend’s house one night, he was assaulted by a stranger in

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Ivan contacted Unlock for some support. He had received a conviction for common assault following an argument with his wife and had received a two year community service order. Ivan had been married for 19 years and had a 16 year old son. The marriage had not been happy for some time and the conviction

Brenda contacted Unlock about problems she was having with her insurance: “About 4 years ago, my partner was sent to prison for a couple of months. When he came out, we wanted to get our lives back together, which, although not easy, we have managed to some extent.   However, recently, my husband dropped a

Jenny contacted Unlock after she’d made a claim on her insurance: “My car was stolen a year or so ago and my house was damaged as they smashed the window to steal the car keys. As a result, I had to have my locks changed overnight. I put in a claim to my insurers. The

In 2009, the case of arson victim Michelle Hooley made front-page national news. A short and tumultuous marriage led to her request for divorce. When her estranged husband burned down her house, her insurers saved the day. After 18 months in temporary accommodation with her children, an anonymous phone call informed the insurer that, four

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