Tomorrow, the 10th March 2015, a new criminal offence of ‘enforced subject access’ comes into force, which employers and organisations need to be aware of. This news has implications on the recruitment processes of employers and organisations. In particular, it has an impact on those that ask individuals to obtain a copy of their police

Following the introduction yesterday of statutory guidance by the Department of Education yesterday on disqualifications under the Childcare Act 2006, Christopher Stacey, Co-Director at Unlock, said: “We very much welcome the new guidance. The Government has responded to a number of the issues that we, and others, had raised following their initial advice in October 2014.”

Update – “In its report published today, the Joint Committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill backs proposals to give the Charity Commission more powers to ensure effective regulation of the charity sector. However the Committee is clear that effective safeguards must be in place to ensure charities and their trustees are treated fairly by

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We’ve learnt from the Information Commissioners Office that section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 will be brought into force on the 10th March 2015. This means that “enforced subject access” will finally become a criminal offence. As we explained back in June 2014 when this was first announced, this is an important development for

The NUT are reporting that the Department for Education has agreed concessions on their guidance about the childcare disqualification requirements. On the Nottingham City NUT website, it states: “The Union’s threat to challenge the DfE’s supplementary advice on the Childcare Disqualification legislation and its application to schools in the High Court has successfully drawn concessions

In late November 2014, the Independent reported “teachers to be barred for living with offenders under new rules.” This followed advice issued by the Department of Education a month earlier. Commenting on the impact of this news, Christopher Stacey, Co-Director of Unlock, today said: “We are very concerned about these regulations. There is very little logic

In October 2014, the Department for Education (DoE) published supplementary advice to schools on what are called the ‘childcare disqualification requirements’. The requirements have been around for a number of years, and apply to registered childcare provision outside of schools, but it’s only since October 2014 that the DoE has made it clear that these

Yesterday our Director of Services, Christopher Stacey, gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Protection of Charities Bill. You can watch the evidence below (the session Unlock takes part in starts from 15.15), or you can follow this link to watch it on the Parliament TV site. Update (January 2015) – Following the oral evidence, we

Unlock’s Christopher Stacey talked on BBC 5 Live this morning about the news that the Police are looking to relax their rules on recruiting people with minor criminal records. You can listen again to the piece here (44 minutes in)

Last week, the Government published their Draft Protection of Charities Bill, following the consultation they held earlier this year. This paper sets out the Governments plans. We’re continuing to raise a number of issues that we addressed in our consultation response, in relation to how people with convictions are treated.

Yesterday, we spoke on Channel 5 News at 6.30pm This morning, we appeared on BBC Breakfast at 7.40am. Our Co-Director Christopher Stacey, has written a piece on his blog.   Press/media contact: Christopher Stacey, Co-Director christopher.stacey@unlock.org.uk / 07557 676433

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