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

David wrote to us after reading in the problem pages of a newspaper about somebody whose son had just been released from prison and, as a result, their home insurers didn’t want to renew their insurance. He contacted us, knowing that, due to his recent conviction, he was in a similar situation. We provided him

Fraser contacted Unlock after encountering lots of employment rejections since he had received a driving conviction 5 years ago. He worked in healthcare and found it really hard to understand how his conviction related in any way to his work. Prior to the conviction, Fraser had always been successful in any interview he attended but

Jane contacted Unlock as she was extremely concerned about a DBS check she needed for her new job. One year earlier she had walked out of a shop with a make-up tester and was stopped by a police woman and issued with a ‘yellow ticket’. The police woman told her that it wasn’t a conviction

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