Subject access requests (SAR) – General information

Everybody has the right under the Data Protection Act 2018 to make a request to any organisation, for a copy of the information that organisation holds about them. This is called a subject access request (SAR). There are many reasons why you may want to apply for a SAR, and we’ve produced some new information on […]

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Overseas organisations that assist people with a criminal record

Receiving a conviction overseas can cause additional complications for individuals be they UK citizens or foreign nationals. Sentences given in one country may be treated differently in another and it can be difficult to find organisations that can offer relevant help. We’ve just updated our important links and organisations page to provide the details of a […]

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Step-by-step guide to applying for a basic DBS check

From early January 2018, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) started carrying out basic criminal record checks. Following an application made by a member of the Unlock team, we’ve produced a new step-by-step guide to applying directly to the DBS for a basic check using their online self-service channel. We’re interested in hearing from anybody […]

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An overview of the areas of life that can be affected by a criminal record

As part of our ‘seven stages of a criminal record’ (which we launched recently) we’ve put together an overview of the areas of life that can be affected by a criminal record. Whether you’re looking for work, applying to university or purchasing insurance, this table will hopefully help you to determine what you will or won’t […]

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Are you a trustee or senior manager of a charity? Check if your criminal record might prevent you from that role from August 2018. Act now!

From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more restrictions on those who may run a charity. The guidance that we’ve published today, Leading charities with conviction, coincides with the opening of the Charity Commission’s new ‘waiver’ system. From 1st February 2018, people affected by these changes may […]

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Help us test some new developments on our information site

In 2016/17, our information site received over 1.3 million visitors and we expect that number to increase again in 2017/18. This site is the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on dealing with the effects of criminal records. However, currently it’s subject led; that is, users select a subject area to search on for […]

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