After being the victim of domestic violence, Julia was moved to a women’s refuge. She was working for an agency at the time but, following this incident, didn’t feel that she was in a fit state to attend work. Despite contacting the agency prior to the start of her shift and letting them know that

We were contacted recently by an individual who was concerned about the criminal record question being asked on a Council’s housing reference form and the fact that the Council were asking applicants to give authorisation to the Council to carry out a police check. The question relating to criminal records asked: “Have you been convicted

We were recently contacted by an individual who was concerned about a question relating to criminal records on a generic college application form. This asked: “Do you have any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, final warnings or prosecutions pending?” The individual felt that the college should be a lot more specific about what they needed an

Liam contacted our helpline after his employer dismissed him for failing to disclose his unspent conviction. Liam explained to us that he’d originally been employed on a temporary basis through a recruitment agency before being taken on by the company approximately 6 months later as a permanent member of staff. When he’d signed up with

Teresa contacted our helpline as she needed advice following a meeting with her employers to discuss an anonymous ‘tip off’ they’d received that she was “a drug addict with convictions for drug offences”. Teresa explained that in the past she had taken drugs and had also received a caution for possession. However, as her caution

Sandra contacted our helpline on behalf of her daughter who was experiencing difficulties in getting onto a college course due to her criminal record. Sandra explained that due to the nature of the course, her daughter had needed to apply for an enhanced DBS check which had disclosed that when she was aged 14, she

Abbie contacted our helpline for some advice after a director of the company she worked for had become aware of her convictions following a ‘Google’ search and had asked her to provide ‘proof’ that her convictions were spent. Abbie explained that her director had become aware of the online information through another work colleague and

We’ve just published our update for March 2019. This months update includes: An advice post on applying to come off the Sex Offenders Register if you’re on it indefinitely. An introduction to the Web Chat pilot on our InformationHub site and how to use it. A personal story highlighting some of the positives and negatives

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Advising with Conviction – Full-day Training Workshop Tuesday 24th September 2019 London| 9.30am – 4.45pm | From £119 per person – Book your place here Advising with Conviction – Full-day Training Workshop Tuesday 26th November 2019 London| 9.30am – 4.45pm | From £119 per person – Book

We’ve just published our update for February 2019.             This months update includes: Some new guidance for individuals on the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and data protection. An update to our important links and organisations section to include details of organisations providing immigration advice. A personal story highlighting an

We’re really pleased to be able to share a new short video that explains a little bit about Unlock, the work that we do and why it is so important in helping the millions of people in this country who have a criminal record. You can watch the video below (or it’s available on YouTube and

Update – The request for participants is now closed. See the message below from Nicola, the researcher: “Thank you to everyone who has been in contact with me with their generous offer to take part in my PhD research. I have been overwhelmed with responses and now have enough participants that fit the criteria, so

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