Help us to wipe DBS checks clean of old and minor criminal records

We need your help to challenge the government in the Supreme Court Today we’ve launched a CrowdJustice appeal to help us raise money to pay for our legal costs in intervening in the Supreme Court next month. In June, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the Government which is arguing that their current approach to […]

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Moving on: Employment after release

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which focuses on employment after release. A copy of the article can be found below. On release from prison, and possibly for some time after, your conviction will be technically ‘unspent’ – this means you’ll need to disclose it to an employer […]

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Job vacancy at Unlock – Policy and practice lead

About the role This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual with proven experience and potential to take on a senior role in a small team and lead our work in increasing the employment of people with criminal records by supporting and challenging employers to change their recruitment policies and practices, working to prevent […]

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Moving on: The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and the benefits of a spent conviction

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. A copy of the article can be found below. How do I know when my conviction will become spent and what will that mean for me? The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) gives […]

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Are you a trustee or senior manager of a charity? Check if your criminal record might prevent you from that role from August 2018. Act now!

From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more restrictions on those who may run a charity. The guidance that we’ve published today, Leading charities with conviction, coincides with the opening of the Charity Commission’s new ‘waiver’ system. From 1st February 2018, people affected by these changes may […]

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Help us test some new developments on our information site

In 2016/17, our information site received over 1.3 million visitors and we expect that number to increase again in 2017/18. This site is the country’s most comprehensive source of online self-help information on dealing with the effects of criminal records. However, currently it’s subject led; that is, users select a subject area to search on for […]

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Moving on: Applying to university

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on applying to university. A copy of the article can be found below. I’m thinking of applying to university when I leave prison. Will my criminal record cause me a problem? For many people, prison can be an ideal opportunity to improve […]

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Moving on: What can I do about information that’s reported about my offence online?

This month, we’ve written another article for Inside Times ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on dealing with information that’s available about you online. A copy of the article can be found below. As you prepare to leave prison and start considering applying for jobs or housing, you might also have to think about the risk of […]

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Has an employer wrongly checked your official criminal record? – Get in touch

As part of our Fair Access to Employment project we’re looking for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate levels of criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks. We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who believes […]

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