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.

We’ve just published a roundup of recent articles that have been posted on theRec0rd, our online magazine for and by people with convictions. Read the summary of new posts here.

Our Helpline deals with thousands of people every year, mainly via telephone and email, but also via letter and social media platforms. As the Helpline has grown, the need for us to improve our monitoring systems has grown with it. We regularly deal with people who wish to remain anonymous, and we also deal with many

Volunteer Vacancy – Helpline Advisor

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 by

About the role We are an independent and highly respected social inclusion charity based in Maidstone, Kent. In this office-based role you will help to deliver Unlock’s peer-led Helpline, by providing advice and support by telephone, email, and letter, and producing information for our online Information Hub. We’re looking for somebody who… Is a person

Today the CCJS held an event entitled ‘ Prisoners and looked after children – a common cause?’ The roundtable was full to capacity, with many delegates representing organisations working directly with people in need. The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ Research Director, Roger Grimshaw, presented the case for a new social policy on poverty that introduces

Unlock wins an award

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 by

We are delighted to announce that Unlock has been awarded 1st prize in the 2014 Helpline Awards for the category “Best innovative use of technology”. The Awards were held last Friday at the Annual Conference of the Helplines Partnership, who coordinated the awards as it reached its 25th anniversary of supporting helplines. Explaining the reasons

New articles on theRecord

Monday, 18 August 2014 by

We’ve just published a roundup of recent articles that have been posted on theRec0rd, our online magazine for and by people with convictions. Read the summary of new posts for August 2014 here.

New articles on theRecord

Monday, 21 July 2014 by

We’ve just published a roundup of recent articles that have been posted on theRec0rd, our online magazine for and by people with convictions. Read the summary of new posts here.

Unlock has now come to the end of a landmark 9-year project in developing access to basic bank accounts for people in prison before release. We are pleased to publish a report on this work. It reflects on the progress that we have made, and sets out a number of recommendations to the National Offender Management

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Welcome to our new website

Friday, 11 April 2014 by

Summary What’s changed? Where does this new site fit in? What do you think? New links…we need your help Summary This week we launched our new website; if you haven’t already seen it, please take a look at www.unlock.org.uk. When we first set out on developing the new site in mid-2013, we carried out a

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Latest voluntary vacancies @ Unlock

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 by

We’re recruiting for a number of voluntary positions to work as part of our Helpline. Roles include Helpline Advisors, Helpline Administrators, and Information Hub Researchers. More information, including role descriptions and application details, can be found here.

We’re pleased to report that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has today issued a press release which sets out their ruling that the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has breached the Data Protection Action after failing to stop collecting information about criminal conviction data that was no longer required because of a filtering regime that

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