Moving on: Disclosing criminal convictions to prospective employers – when and how?

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on disclosing criminal convictions to prospective employers if you’re about to leave prison. A copy of the article can be found below. I’m just about to leave prison and I’m worried about disclosing my conviction to potential employers; are there […]

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Ministry of Justice Employment Strategy – Feed in your views

We’re pleased to see that the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, is developing an employment strategy and exploring ways to increase the number of employers giving opportunities to people with convictions. This is your opportunity to shape the development of government policy! Complete our survey. As part of the development of their strategy, the Ministry of […]

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Opportunity – Are you affected by a criminal record from your youth? Opportunity to share your story with MP’s

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 […]

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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 […]

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

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

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

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?

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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