Debbie Sadler

About Debbie Sadler

Debbie is the Advice Manager at Unlock. All posts by Debbie on this site can be found here.

Fee changes for DBS checks

As of 1st October 2019, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be reducing the cost of DBS checks. The new fees will be as follows: The cost of subscribing to the Update Service will continue to be £13 per year and an Adult First Check will also remain unchanged at £6. Standard and enhanced […]

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Moving on: The impact of court orders

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which provides information on how court orders can impact on the time it takes for your conviction to become spent. A copy of the article can be found below: In addition to your prison sentence, convictions for certain types of offences could […]

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Monthly summary – September 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for September 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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Our support in numbers – 2018/19

In the year April 2018 to March 2019, our helpline was contacted by 7,776 people, 88% of whom had a criminal record. Our information hub was visited by 1,381,871 and 50,622 people used our disclosure calculator. Have a look at the infographics below to find out more about the support we provided. Helpline Online

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Ban the Box employers

TheBan the Box campaign launched in October 2013 at which time, 24 employers had committed to support the campaign. Nearly 6 years on and over 130 employers have now removed the ‘tick box’ from application forms which ask about criminal convictions. We’ve developed the list of Ban the Box employers (which Business in the Community […]

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Monthly summary – August 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for August 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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Monthly summary – July 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for July 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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Exploring the hidden job market to find work

You’d think that employers looking to recruit the best people for their vacant roles would want to advertise their roles in as many places as possible to ensure that they had cast their nets as wide as they could. So you may be surprised to learn that about half of all jobs are not advertised […]

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Moving on: Unlock, who are we and what do we do?

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which gives a bit more information about who Unlock are. A copy of the article can be found below. Since 2016, Unlock has written regularly for Inside Time’s ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on some of the issues that people leaving […]

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