Government announces date when planned changes to criminal record disclosure rules will take effect

The government has today confirmed that planned changes to the rules on filtering will come into effect on Saturday 28 November. After years of campaigning for change, and after many months of holding the government to account on the implementation of the changes, the news was confirmed in a letter to Unlock from the Home […]

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Tell us what you think

We’re working on developing the online support and information that we provide. As a user of our websites, we’d really appreciate a couple of minutes of your time filling in a quick anonymous survey. The survey should take no more than a few minutes. We’ll ask about the kinds of information you would find helpful, […]

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Moving on: Criminal record checks for employment

This month we’ve written a further article for Insidetime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which provides information on the type of criminal record checks that employers carry out and what is disclosed on them. As your release date gets closer, understandably your thoughts will probably be turning to employment. For anybody with a criminal record, the […]

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Changes to filtering rules – Will you still need to disclose your criminal record?

On the 30 January 2019, the Supreme Court directed the government to fix the broken Disclosure and Barring Service system. The Supreme Court ruled that two aspects of the filtering regime – as it applied to multiple convictions and childhood cautions – was disproportionate and in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on […]

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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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We’re hiring – two new job vacancies at Unlock

We’re excited to announce two new job vacancies. We’re looking for ambitious, creative and determined individuals to join our small staff team to become our first Digital and communications manager and our first Policy officer. A summary of the roles can be found below, with links to a recruitment pack for each. To apply for […]

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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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Job vacancy at Unlock – Fundraising Manager – Trusts and Foundations

About the role This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience to join our small and successful, national charity as our Fundraising Manager. The purpose of the job is to research and identify trust and foundation funding opportunities for Unlock and maximise immediate and long-term income. The successful candidate will work […]

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The Ministry of Justice are piloting a new ‘disclosure checker’ and want your feedback

It’s been over 8 years since Unlock’s Disclosure Calculator first went live and, in the last four years alone, over 200,000 people have used it to work out when a conviction becomes spent. In 2017, we welcomed a government commitment to “update guidance for ex-offenders to ensure that it is clear, consistent and easily accessible” […]

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Help us plan our future work

As a small charity rooted in the experiences of people with a criminal record, it’s really important that our work is shaped by the needs of the people that we exist to help. We are developing our plans for Unlock’s work in the next few years. We want to make sure that they reflect what […]

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