Debbie Sadler

About Debbie Sadler

Debbie is the Advice Manager at Unlock. All posts by Debbie on this site can be found here.

Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? – Get in touch

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As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate levels of criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who believes […]

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Have you ever tried claiming compensation as a victim of crime?

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Last month The Independent published an article highlighting how rape victims with criminal records for minor offences were being regularly denied compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The article explained how compensation for rape committed by one attacker is set at £11,000. However, if the victim has an unspent conviction for, say, failing to pay […]

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Landmark Court of Appeal ruling – Government loses appeal against DBS filtering regime – Judgement will help thousands of people put their past behind them

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For those of you that have been following the work we’ve been doing on challenging the DBS ‘filtering’ process, we’ve heard today that the Court of Appeal has rejected the Government’s appeal to a decision of the High Court in January last year. This ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful. […]

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Do you live in Scotland? Do you have a criminal record? Can you help?

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Disclosure Scotland is currently reviewing it’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and is looking for views. We thought it was a great opportunity for people with a criminal record in Scotland to have their say and potentially make a difference to important legislation that will have a real impact on people with a criminal record that […]

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Moving on: Opening a bank account whilst your’re in prison

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This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on opening a bank account whilst your’re in prison. A copy of the article can be found below. I’m currently in prison and want to open a bank account ready for when I’m released. Can I do it while still […]

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Monthly summary – April 2017

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Welcome to our monthly summary for April 2017. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just […]

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An overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service

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We’ve produced some new information giving an overview of the DBS. This includes what it’s responsibilities are, the options open to you if you wish to appeal something that’s been disclosed on your standard or enhanced DBS certificate, details about how to stop ineligibile checks and details about the DBS complaints escalation process. For more […]

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Monthly summary – March 2017

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Welcome to our monthly summary for March 2017. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just […]

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