In this blog, Christopher Stacey shares some thoughts on the current Black Lives Matter protests, the criminal justice system, racial discrimination and the impact of criminal records. The protests and debate following the killing of George Floyd should make organisations of all shapes and sizes reflect on how they make racial justice a key part
We’ve just published our update for May 2020. This months update includes: New information on applying for an anonymity order if you’re considering bringing a claim against an employer at an employment tribunal. An update to our page on Covid-19 – Key information for people with criminal records to reflect the amended restrictions now that
Covid-19 and the social distancing measures introduced to help control it are creating challenges for all of us. For people with criminal records, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Since the UK went into lock-down, we’ve been contacted by many people with criminal records – those with criminal records in the community, people
We’ve just published our update for April 2020. This months update includes: New information setting out the latest information and advice on Covid-19 and how it impacts on those with a criminal record. An update to our page on Working in Government – security vetting/security clearance which provides an example of the CTC/SC questionnaire. A
Today we’ve published our spring 2020 newsletter. The newsletter provides an update of the news at Unlock in the last three months. It’s sent to everyone who’s on our public mailing list, and we hope it’s a useful way of keeping up to date with what we’ve been up to. Read: Spring 2020 Newsletter  Previous
We’ve just published our update for March 2020. This months update includes: An update to our page on types of criminal record checks to include details of the number of checks carried out in a year and the percentage of these that disclose information relating to cautions/convictions. A personal story from an employer whose attitude

Our response to Covid-19

Like every person and every organisation, we’re changing how we do things in response to the Covid-19 virus and we’ll keep this page updated with developments. In response to the government advice at the time, and in particular in advising social distancing and working from home where possible, we temporarily closed the Unlock office on
We’ve just published our update for February 2020. This months update includes: A new post on how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) helps individuals protect their personal data and why it’s important to ask employers to delete any criminal record data which they should no longer lawfully hold. A personal story from an individual
We’re pleased to announce the appointment of four new trustees who join our board this month:  Steve Lorber is solicitor specialising in employment law and workplace data privacy together with advice on charity law and governance; Emma Wilson is a qualified solicitor, currently working as a consultant. She is a volunteer for the charity StoryBook
Together with the charity Transform Justice, Unlock has launched the #FairChecks movement to help push for a fresh start for the criminal records system. In this programme, Woman’s Hour’s Jenni Murray, talks to two women who have experienced problems with having to disclose their criminal records and to Unlock’s Policy & Practice Lead, Rachel Tynan.
We’ve just published our update for January 2020. This months update includes:   A new ‘Do I need to disclose my criminal record?’ tool which aims to help individuals work out whether they need to disclose their criminal record . A personal story from an individual reflecting on their experiences since their conviction ten years
Criminal records can be a barrier to moving on in life in many ways and we often hear from people who have been rejected from university because of their past convictions, or who are put off applying for fear of rejection. Unlocking students with conviction, a year long project run by Unlock and supported by
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