As part of the Justice Committee inquiry into the disclosure of youth criminal records, we’re taking a small group of people to Westminster to share their personal stories with MP’s on the Committee. It’s a really good opportunity to make sure that the Committee hears from people with personal experience of living with a criminal […]
Trustee or senior manager of a charity and have convictions? Are you affected by the Charities Act 2016?
People with convictions play an important role in many charities, particularly those working in the criminal justice sector. Becoming a trustee or leading a charity as part of the senior management team are important roles that people with convictions should be encouraged to take on, and we know it can provide people with a positive […]
Our helpline is the forefront of the direct support that we provide, and since we launched it in 2008 it’s only ever been open during normal office working hours. As part of providing information, advice and support for people with convictions, we’re always looking at ways to improve and make it more accessible. We have […]
If you have a spent conviction and are suffering reputational harm or distress as a result of material about that conviction being published online and/or which features in online searches against your name, legal remedies may be available. The publication of an item, article or link which refers to a spent conviction and identifies the […]
Today Unlock officially launches its updated online forum to support people in overcoming the stigma of their criminal record. Christopher Stacey, Co-director of Unlock said: “Although there’s over 10.5 million people in the UK with a criminal record, it can often feel like a lonely place when you’re struggling with the stigma and discrimination that […]
Yesterday we launched a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work with employers over many years has highlighted the significant […]
Ever been to prison? What support did you get applying for benefits, finding work and returning to normal life?
Have your say – fill out our short survey! People with convictions face many barriers to work on leaving prison, but the inability to find paid work can have all kinds of knock on effects including becoming homeless. The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee is currently running an inquiry into support for […]
WhatsApp, the digital messaging service, is now used by a billion people every month and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added it as another way of contacting our confidential peer helpline. We are always trying to remove any barrier that might be in the way of people contacting us. For a while now, we’ve seen […]
Help us to scrap ‘disqualification by association’: The government are consulting on changes to the childcare disqualification arrangements
Ever since ‘disqualification by association’ (DbA) hit the headlines about 18 months ago, we have been working to try and scrap the regulations that have had a significant and unnecessary impact on the partners of those with a criminal record. Earlier this month, the Department for Education (DfE) published a consultation with proposals for change. […]
Our helpline receives enquiries every day from individuals who have accepted cautions without feeling like they understand the effects of it. The Home Office guidance on cautions states that ‘the significance of the admission of guilt in agreeing to accept a caution must be fully and clearly explained to the individual before they are cautioned.’ […]