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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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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This update is taken from our Information Hub We know how complicated the criminal records process can be. The ‘filtering’ process that came in in May 2013 has been quite a culture shock to many people who were previously told that all cautions and convictions would come back on standard and enhanced checks. At the

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Following our recent news about the proposed changes by the Charity Commission, we’ve now submitted our response As a charity that exists to support the efforts of people with convictions in moving on positively with their lives, and as an organisation which itself has sought to recruit trustees who themselves have convictions, we are concerned about

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On a daily basis, our helpline gets calls from people who are applying for work and don’t know where they stand because of criminal record checks that (increasingly) employers are carrying out. A couple of years ago, we approached the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service – known as the CRB at that time) and raised

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Today we’ve launched guidance with the ABI (Association of British Insurers), to both insurers and individuals, to try to help people to understand what they do and don’t have to disclose, and what insurers should and shouldn’t ask for. The guidance is available to download here. This news was released via the Mail on Sunday

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Unlock has joined up with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to produce guidance for consumers and insurers on the complex issue of criminal convictions and insurance. According to government figures, more than 8 million people in England and Wales have a criminal conviction and one in three men are convicted by the age of

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