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 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.


Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

DBS checks

Disclosing criminal records – Information series

About criminal records


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

Multiple hard-copies can be ordered from Unlock at a cost. We do not make a profit from charging for our materials. As a small charity, the cost simply reflects the printing, postage and administration costs involved. Send an email to with the details of what you’d like to receive, or call 01622 230705 for more information.

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.

By using our materials, you are confirming that you have read and accepted the following terms.

Terms when using our materials

Without prior permission from us, you may print off one copy, and download extracts, of any of our materials for your own personal reference.

With our prior permission, you may print off multiple copies of our materials and/or use our materials in your role. For example, you may wish to print out multiple copies of our guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and give these out when delivering workshops on disclosure.

If you wish to make any use of material on our sites where it requires permission, please email the details of your request to

We will normally be happy to give permission for use of our materials. However, as a small independent charity, it is important for us to know about how our materials are being used, as this helps us to continue to work in an open and collaborative way. We normally ask for a copy of any materials that you produce that includes our materials; this will usually be a condition of us giving our permission.

Wherever our materials are used (and permission has been obtained from us to do so), our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of the material must always be acknowledged wherever it is referenced. You must not use any part of the information or materials on our site for commercial purposes without first obtaining permission from us to do so.

Our materials cannot be sold or altered in any way without our prior permission.

Some content has been published on our sites with the permission of the relevant copyright owners (if they are not Unlock copyright). All rights to such materials are reserved to the relevant copyright holder and permission to copy such materials must be obtained in advance from the relevant copyright owner (the sources are indicated within the content).

Terms when using extracts of our materials on your website or in your work

With our prior permission, you may include extracts of our materials on other websites or in your work, so long as these are not misrepresented and that our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of the material must always be acknowledged wherever it is referenced. There is template text provided below for where this use relates to our practical information for people with convictions.

We are grateful to Unlock, a charity for people with convictions, for providing us with permission to include the below information from their self-help information site. For more information, visit

We will normally ask that a copy of the work (or link to its use online) is sent to us for our archive.

If you wish to make any use of material on our sites where it requires permission, please email the details of your request to

Online use of our materials

In addition to the above, any links to our materials should be directed to the materials on our website.

You should not host copies of our materials on your website without our express permission.

It is unlikely that will give permission for our materials to be hosted on other websites. Our materials are regularly updated and we are unable to control versions of our materials held on websites other than on our own.

Where we see our materials hosted on other websites, we will ask that the materials are removed immediately and that the links are re-directed to the appropriate section of our website.


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 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,, 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 (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 (, and an online magazine (

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.

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