This page contains links to the downloads and materials that we publish as part of providing practical information & advice for people with convictions, as well as how you can make use of our materials.

Downloadable materials

  • The materials below are available to download as PDF’s. You may need to download Adobe Reader (free from www.adobe.com/reader) to access these files.
  • If you’d like to get copies of our materials, see below.
  • Other publications from Unlock are available from our main website.

Marketing – About Unlock

The below materials explain the support that Unlock provides to people with convictions and others.

Information publications

The information publications below are available as standalone PDF’s. Our online information on these subjects are regularly updated, so they may have been updated since it was last published as a PDF. You can download individual web-pages by clicking the ‘PDF’ button at the bottom of each page within our information section.

General

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

DBS checks

Disclosing criminal records – Information series

About criminal records

Insurance

Our publishing policy

Unlock is an open access publisher. Most of our archive and all new marketing and publications are available in electronic form to download free from this page or from the publications page of our main website.

The below sets out our policy on getting copies and using our materials.

Getting copies of our materials

By ‘materials’, we mean both the marketing and information publications above as well as any other information, publication or content that sits on this site or our other websites.

Getting electronic copies

All our publically-available materials are available to download electronically free of charge. You are welcome to download single copies for your own personal use, and multiple copies with our prior permission. See the using of our materials section for more details. A full list of Unlock’s publications is available here.

Getting hard copies

Single hard-copies of our materials are available for free to people with convictions. Please contact us directly.

Single hard-copies of our materials can be provided free of charge to organisations and practitioners on receipt of an appropriate stamped addressed envelope. Postage will vary depending on the size and weight of the materials you request. A large letter stamp with an A4 envelope is usually the safest option, but please mark sure you include adequate postage for what you’re requesting. Send it to Debbie Sadler, Advice Manager, Unlock, MCSC, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH. Please include the following details:

  1. your name
  2. the details of the organisation you work for
  3. what materials or resources you’d like
  4. a brief outline of why you’d like them
  5. a contact number and email address

You can order multiple hard-copies of our materials – find out more details here.

Alternatively, we are happy to provide high-resolution print-ready PDF’s of our materials so that you can arrange multiple copies to be professionally printed at your end. To do this, get in touch and let us know what you’d like to be printed and what you would be using them for.

 

Using our materials

By ‘materials’, we mean both the marketing and information publications above as well as any other information, publication or content that sits on this site or our other websites.

IMPORTANT – By using our materials, you are confirming that you have read and accepted our Terms of use.

Linking to Unlock generally

As well as using our materials as set out above, we encourage others, including websites and other organisations, to include general details about our work. The text below is aimed at people with convictions. If you’re planning to use this, just drop us a line to let us know – email admin@unlock.org.uk. If you’re looking for text for other audiences, please get in touch.

Unlock is an independent, award-winning charity for people with convictions which exists for two simple reasons. They assist people to move on positively with their lives by empowering them with information, advice and support to overcome the stigma of their previous convictions.

Their support for people with criminal records is charitably-funded. They run a number of websites, including an information hub, hub.unlock.org.uk, which is the country’s most comprehensive source of online information on a wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect, including:

  • disclosing to employers
  • criminal record checks
  • buying insurance
  • housing
  • travel abroad

Other websites they run include www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk (which makes it simple to calculate when convictions become ‘spent’ and no longer need to be disclosed for most jobs, and insurance), an online peer-to-peer forum (forum.unlock.org.uk), and an online magazine (the-record.org.uk).

They also run a confidential peer helpline which responds to queries from people with convictions by telephone, email and letter.

Their practical support also acts as their ‘ear to the ground’, through which they listen to people who are facing difficulties as a result of their convictions. In response, they work with Government, employers, insurers and others, to changes policies, practices and attitudes so that they achieve a fairer and more inclusive society that enables people with convictions to move on positively in their lives.

Find out more at www.unlock.org.uk.