What does an employer see when checking your criminal record using the DBS Update Service?

The DBS Update Service which was introduced in 2013 allows individuals to keep their standard or enhanced DBS certificates up-to-date by paying an annual subscription fee; currently £13 per year. This means you can effectively take your certificate with you when you move jobs or roles. An employer can then carry out free, online, instant […]

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Applying to come off the Sex Offenders Register if you’re on it indefinitely

Anyone who has been convicted of a relevant sexual offence and received a prison sentence of 30 months or more will have to notify the police (often referred to as ‘signing the sex offenders’ register) indefinitely. However, since 2012 individuals who are subject to indefinite notification requirements have the opportunity to apply to the police for a […]

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Supreme Court judgment – What does it mean?

Following the judgment by the Supreme Court on the current criminal records disclosure regime, we thought it would be useful to highlight the main points of the decision and to set out what is likely to happen next. What does the judgment say? The Supreme Court ruled that two aspects of the filtering regime – […]

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Travel to the EU post-Brexit

At the end of 2018, the EU Commission confirmed that UK citizens will need approval via the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to travel to the EU as a result of Brexit. It’s believed that EU citizens and UK nationals will continue to be able to travel freely with a passport or identity card […]

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Moving on: Setting up your own business

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on setting up your own business following release from prison. A copy of the article can be found below. Many of us have thought about starting our own business at some point. However, not many people get around to trying […]

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Disclosure of police intelligence on enhanced DBS checks

Although Unlock as a charity primarily focuses on people with convictions and cautions, a recent case about a rape acquittal is an important one for a lot of people that use our website that have other things on their police record.  At the end of July 2018 a case was heard in the Supreme Court […]

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Moving on: Travelling abroad with a criminal record

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on travelling abroad with a criminal record. A copy of the article can be found below. Whilst you’re in prison, you’ll probably have heard lots of conflicting information about travelling abroad with a criminal record. Unless you’re on licence, there’s […]

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Problems with the filtering of conditional cautions

Conditional cautions like simple cautions may be filtered from standard and enhanced DBS certificates after 6 years, providing you’ve not been cautioned for a non-filterable offence. However, our helpline has been contacted recently by several people who’ve had conditional cautions which are eligible for filtering disclosed on their enhanced DBS certificate as a  conviction. Further […]

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Finding out about your criminal record – Subject Access Requests and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On the 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into effect, changing the way that personal data is protected. Your right to request information about your personal data will remain relatively unchanged. However, the previous fee of £10 for a Subject Access Request (SAR) has been abolished, meaning that SAR’s will now […]

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