Christopher Stacey

About Christopher Stacey

Christopher is the Co-director of Unlock. All posts by Christopher on this site can be found here.

Successes in getting visas to travel to the US

As part of our attempts to make sure this Hub reflects the genuine experiences of people with convictions, we want to make sure that were highlighting some key examples which we think are relevant to people making use of this site One particular update that we’ve made today is to include a couple of positive […]

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Launch of hub.unlock.org.uk

Today, we’re announcing the launch of hub.unlock.org.uk, our brand new online Information Hub. It aims to be the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect. The site builds on the information we’ve had on our main website for a number of years. We’ve wanted […]

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New guide – Unlocking Criminal Record Checks

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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DBS Update Service and One Certificate

Today, we’ve published a brief guide which explains some of the changes that the DBS has introduced this week. The Update Service is a new subscription service lets you keep your DBS certificate up-to-date so you can take it with you when you move jobs or roles. The employer can then carry out free, online, […]

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Changes to insurance disclosure

The reason for this update is to let you know of some changes to insurance disclosure, which came into force in April 2013, which should help many people with convictions. We updated the guidance on our website at the time, but to raise awareness of this, we thought we’d send around an e-update as well! […]

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DBS start filtering cautions and convictions

As some of you may have seen from the news, the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has started, as of yesterday, a process of ‘filtering’ for cautions and convictions held on the Police National Computer. Today, we’ve published our own detailed guide on how the DBS filtering rules will work. This can be viewed here. […]

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Delays to reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

We’re disappointed to announce that this morning we’ve received notification from the Government that the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, due to come into force in Spring 2013, have been delayed. The Ministry of Justice provided us with the following: “As you know, the commencement of the reforms are dependent on the […]

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Filtering old and minor convictions – The effect of the Court of Appeal case of T

In response to the recent Court of Appeal ruling regards criminal record checks, we’ve produced an Information Hub document which summarises the case, and looks at the implications. We’ve also added a detailed FAQ-style section, which hopefully answers some of the common queries that we’ve been receiving in recent weeks. Download the information here.

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Immigration and nationality decisions are now exempt from the ROA

As of the 1st October 2012, changes made through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (s.140 in particular) mean that immigration or nationality decision making, including initial decisions and any subsequent proceedings, are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that spent convictions can also be considered as […]

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