This page is for providers of probation services. It is linked to the support that we offer to service providers.
Unlock is an independent advocacy charity for people with convictions. As an organisation that doesn’t take government-funding to deliver services, it was clear to us that our role in delivering probation services would be one that supports those organisations that deliver services on the ground. This builds on our track record of providing accurate and reliable advice and support to people with convictions, while working at a policy level to push for a fairer and more inclusive society.
We believe that the recent ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reforms represent a unique opportunity to ensure that the advice and support provided to people with convictions, both before release from prison and in the community, is of a genuinely high standard. In particular, we are actively developing relationships with probation providers to provide training to practitioners working in a client-facing role on criminal records, disclosure and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In particular, it’s important that probation professionals understand a number of key areas when it comes to criminal records. That is why we have worked with the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) and have published a ‘10 things about criminal records’ guide aimed specifically at employability professionals, although we believe it is equally applicable to probation providers. The guide is designed for practitioners that support people with criminal records into employment. We hope it serves as a useful introduction and reference point. It provides an overview of the key areas, following a similar structure to that taken by our ‘Advising with Conviction’ one-day training course.
As you can see in our supporting service providers section, we are leading experts in this area.
Working with us
We are flexible in the partnerships that we develop.
For example, it may be that we can develop an in-house training schedule of our one-day workshops for all your front-line staff. Our criminal record disclosure training is endorsed by the Probation Institute and the Institute of Employability Professionals.
In addition, we are running two-day training courses designed specifically for specialist probation practitioners. More details can be found here.
You may also want to look at building in our disclosure calculator into the support that you provide.
If you are interested in discussing your specific needs and how we may work in partnership, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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Contact Debbie Young – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622 230705.