We’ve submitted our written response to the consultation by the Department of Justice Northern Ireland on plans to introduce a filtering review process for criminal record checks in Northern Ireland. Broadly, we support the plans, but urge the Northern Ireland Assembly to go further, in the same way that we continue to urge the UK Government to
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Work is progressing well to lay the foundations for our project to challenge employment discrimination. We’re now at the stage where we want to start opening out the conversation, to help to shape the project. This update is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation – with employers, with people with
As part of our fair access to employment project, we work with employers to develop fair policies and practices and highlight good practice. We know that employers don’t always follow their own policy, and that sometimes decision making is subjective. We’re gathering evidence of bad practice and challenge this where we can – and we
Our Co-Director, Christopher Stacey, has written an article in this weeks’ edition of Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, about the research that he’s recently published about other European countries approach to criminal records. You can read the article here (free subscription)
The UK should introduce measures that allow all people with convictions to be potentially regarded as legally ‘rehabilitated’, and therefore not have to disclose their record to employers, according to a report published today. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director of Unlock (a charity for people with convictions), has put forward the proposal as part of a series
From tomorrow, 10th March 2015, a practice known as ‘enforced subject access’ becomes a criminal offence, as section 56 of the Data Protection Act comes into force. As we originally reported in an update to our Information Hub in June 2014, this is an important step in making sure that employers and organisations don’t take
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
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
Yesterday, our Co-Director , Christopher Stacey, spoke at an event held by the Irish Penal Reform Trust, to support their campaign to introduce ‘spent convictions’ legislation in Ireland. Christopher has blogged about his visit here.
Back in March this year, we announced that, following a complaint we’d made to the ICO, the DBS were updating their application form to reflect the recent ‘filtering’ provisions. At the time, we were pleased to see the DBS take this step. Unfortunately, they failed to follow this through properly, meaning that although new forms
We’re excited to report that Unlock’s Director of Services, Christopher Stacey, has been awarded a prestigious Travelling Fellowship for 2014, courtesy of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He’ll be travelling to Spain, Sweden and France in October and November, to look at how these countries deal with criminal records, particularly in terms of recruitment and
We’ve written an article for Inside Time on the ‘filtering of convictions. You can read the article here.
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