Here we set out the key issues we’re focusing on as part of our policy and campaign work.
Separately, we’ve set out our priorities for government.
Ban the Box – Unlock co-founded the campaign in 2013, calling on employers to remove questions about criminal records from application forms. This might mean asking later on, or realising that asking isn’t necessary at all. Ban the Box links with our fair access to employment project. We also have a section about this on our website for employers.
Alongside these priority areas, we have a longer list of policy issues.
Other areas of interest
We get involved in other areas of policy where there is a link to our work. Although we don’t have dedicated policy pages for these, we tag any news or posts about these and you can read them using the links below.
- Childhood criminal records – This includes work with the Standing Committee for Youth Justice on reforming law on the disclosure of youth criminal records.
- Youth criminal records – This includes our work with the Justice Committee and our Unlocking Experience project.
- #Wipetheslateclean – This campaign was launched by Bob Ashford and is supported by Unlock.
Ear to the ground, voice at the top
We know that the issues people face as a result of their criminal record can vary over time and we are always keen to hear about your experiences. As a result we know there is a long list of policy issues.
- Looking to the future: incentivising employment of people with convictions Posted on: Jun 1st, 2020
- May 2020 update on research understanding the influence of an early life criminal record on adult life courses Posted on: May 30th, 2020
- What's the impact of Covid-19 on people with criminal records? Posted on: May 1st, 2020
- Unlock's guest post for the Cabinet Office’s Life Chances blog Posted on: Mar 20th, 2020
- Northern Ireland makes changes to the disclosure of convictions and cautions in response to Supreme Court ruling Posted on: Mar 17th, 2020