Are you affected by the online publication of your spent convictions? Possible legal remedies

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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 […]

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Official launch of updated online forum to support people with convictions

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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 […]

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New website for employers

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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 […]

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Ever been to prison? What support did you get applying for benefits, finding work and returning to normal life?

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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 […]

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You can now contact us through WhatsApp

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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 […]

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Help us to scrap ‘disqualification by association’: The government are consulting on changes to the childcare disqualification arrangements

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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. […]

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Were the effects of accepting a caution explained to you? Send us a copy of what you were given

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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.’ […]

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New job vacancy @ Unlock – Fundraising/ Grants Officer

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Fundraising/ Grants Officer (12 month fixed term contract initially) This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience to join our small, award-winning charity, and generate much-needed new income for our work.  You will have excellent communication skills, a strong track record of grant income generation and a commitment to Unlock’s mission. You […]

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Filtering process brought in for Scotland

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Last week, the Scottish Government announced details of a process that will apply to Standard and Enhanced checks that are issued by Disclosure Scotland. The process started on the 10th September 2015. This process will remove certain convictions and cautions from these types of disclosures.It’s similar to the filtering process that the Disclosure & Barring […]

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