Looking to travel to the US? You need to know if your offence is classed as “a crime involving moral turpitude”?

‘Moral turpitude’ is a legal concept in the US and is important when trying to work out whether you can travel under the Visa Waiver Scheme (ESTA) or whether you need to apply for a visa from the US Embassy. The information that’s available from the US Embassy can make it difficult to match your […]

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Your right to be forgotten

Think back to the last time you applied for a job. Did the application include a tick box question on criminal convictions? Last year Unlock published research showing that three quarters of national employers still ask about criminal records on application forms. This can be off-putting to applicants with convictions and we don’t think it’s […]

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GDPR and data protection – Guidance for individuals

On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force and the Data Protection Act 1998 was replaced by the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA18) to incorporate the GDPR provisions which are specific to the UK. We’ve produced some new guidance which deals specifically with the use of GDPR and DPA18 […]

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Have you been dismissed from your job because of your criminal record?

Our helpline is regularly contacted by individuals who’ve lost their job after their employer found out about their criminal record. This can be extremely distressing, especially if the conviction is spent (under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) and, due to the type of job they applied for, didn’t need to be disclosed. If this […]

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Homelessness and the Homelessness Reduction Act

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into force in England on the 3rd April this year. This is the biggest change to the rights of homeless people in England for 15 years. We’ve produced some new information which sets out how the Act will work in practice. The new law puts an obligation on prisons, youth […]

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Scrapping of ‘disqualification by association’ requirement in schools

With effect from the 31st August 2018, changes are being made to the childcare disqualification arrangements, specifically removing the ‘disqualification by association’ element from schools and other non-domestic settings. It will however remain in place for roles such as home-based childminding. We’ve updated our page Childcare Disqualification Requirements – Primary school teachers, nursery staff and […]

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Subject access requests (SAR) – General information

Everybody has the right under the Data Protection Act 2018 to make a request to any organisation, for a copy of the information that organisation holds about them. This is called a subject access request (SAR). There are many reasons why you may want to apply for a SAR, and we’ve produced some new information on […]

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Overseas organisations that assist people with a criminal record

Receiving a conviction overseas can cause additional complications for individuals be they UK citizens or foreign nationals. Sentences given in one country may be treated differently in another and it can be difficult to find organisations that can offer relevant help. We’ve just updated our important links and organisations page to provide the details of a […]

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