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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Help us create digital stories

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As part of our policy and campaign work, we always have to make the case for why people with convictions should be treated fairly. An effective way of doing this is by using real stories and voices that are rarely heard. That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to help us with some work we’re doing […]

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Help us improve our online forum

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Now that it’s 7 years old, we are working on giving our forum a bit of an update and we want to hear from people with convictions about what an updated forum would look like, and how it would work. For those that don’t know, our forum is an online community which was set up to […]

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