Debbie Sadler

About Debbie Sadler

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

Monthly summary – June 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for June 2020. 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 – 2019/20

As the UK went into lock-down in March 2020, Unlock came to the end of another financial year. In the year April 2019 to March 2020, our helpline was contacted by 7,803 people, 87% of whom had a criminal record. Our information hub was visited by 1,132,371 and 45,761 people used our disclosure calculator. Have […]

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Were you given a compensation order in court? Remember to tell the DBS once it’s paid

Our helpline regularly receives contact from individuals concerned to find that a conviction they’d believed was spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 is still showing on their basic DBS certificate. There are many reasons why this might be the case, but one of the things that our helpline advisors will ask is whether […]

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Monthly summary – May 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for May 2020. 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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Applied to the NHS volunteer responder scheme and used your DBS check as identity?

So far approximately 750,000 people have volunteered for the NHS volunteer responder scheme which was set up to help provide support to vulnerable adults who are self-isolating. The voluntary roles available include: Community Response Patient Transport Check in and Chat The scheme is being coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). Guidance from RVS states […]

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Monthly summary – April 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for April 2020. 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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Covid-19 (coronavirus) – Key information for people with criminal records

Covid-19 and the social distancing measures introduced to help control it are creating challenges for all of us. For people with criminal records, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome. Since the UK went into lock-down, we’ve been contacted by many people with criminal records – those with criminal records in the community, people […]

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Moving on: Homelessness and leaving prison

This month we’ve written a further article for Inside Time ‘Through the Gate’ section which provides information on homelessness and leaving prison. People leaving prison are often at high risk of homelessness. You may have been homeless before entering prison but you could find that your criminal record will be a further barrier to finding […]

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Monthly summary – March 2020

Welcome to our monthly summary for March 2020. 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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