This site is set up so that all our practical information is easily accessible via the information section, which is broken down into different topics.

This downloads page contains links to the downloads and materials that we publish as part of providing practical information & advice for people with convictions, as well as how you can make use of our materials.

Downloadable materials

  • The materials below are available to download as PDF’s. You may need to download Adobe Reader (free from to access these files.
  • If you’d like to get copies of our materials, see below.
  • Other publications from Unlock are available from our main website.

Marketing – About Unlock

The below materials explain the support that Unlock provides to people with convictions and others.

Information publications

The information publications below are available as standalone PDF’s. Our online information on these subjects are regularly updated, so they may have been updated since it was last published as a PDF. You can download individual web-pages by clicking the ‘PDF’ button at the bottom of each page within our information section.


Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

DBS checks

Disclosing criminal records – Information series

About criminal records


Our publishing policy

Unlock is an open access publisher. Most of our archive and all new marketing and publications are available in electronic form to download free from this page or from the publications page of our main website.

Our policy on others getting copies of our materials and using them are set out on this page and in our terms when using our materials.

Getting copies of our materials

By ‘materials’, we mean both the marketing and information publications above as well as any other information, publication or content that sits on this site or our other websites.

Getting electronic copies

All our publically-available materials are available to download electronically free of charge. You are welcome to download single copies for your own personal use, and multiple copies with our prior permission. See the using of our materials section for more details. A full list of Unlock’s publications is available here.

Getting hard copies

Single hard-copies of our materials are available for free to people with convictions. Please contact us directly.

Single hard-copies of our materials can be provided free of charge to organisations and practitioners on receipt of an appropriate stamped addressed envelope. Postage will vary depending on the size and weight of the materials you request. A large letter stamp with an A4 envelope is usually the safest option, but please mark sure you include adequate postage for what you’re requesting. Send it to Debbie Sadler, Advice Manager, Unlock, MCSC, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH. Please include the following details:

  1. your name
  2. the details of the organisation you work for
  3. what materials or resources you’d like
  4. a brief outline of why you’d like them
  5. a contact number and email address

Multiple hard-copies

You can order multiple hard-copies of our materials – find out more details.

Alternatively, we are happy to provide high-resolution print-ready PDF’s of our materials so that you can arrange multiple copies to be professionally printed at your end. To do this, get in touch and let us know:

  • your name
  • the details of the organisation you work for
  • what materials or resources you’d like to print multiple copes of
  • a brief outline of why you’d like to use them in this way
  • a contact number and email address

Using our materials

By ‘materials’, we mean both the marketing and information publications above as well as any other information, publication or content that sits on this site or our other websites.

By using our materials, you are confirming that you have read and accepted our Terms when using our materials.

Linking to Unlock generally

As well as using our materials as set out above, we encourage others, including websites and other organisations, to include details about our work.

The text below is primarily aimed at people with convictions. If you’re looking for text for other audiences, please get in touch.

If you’re planning to use this, just drop us a line to let us know – email

Unlock is an independent award-winning national charity that provides a voice and support for people with convictions who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record.

Their support for individuals is charitably-funded and aimed at helping people overcome the barriers caused by a criminal record, including disclosing to employers, criminal record checks, buying insurance, applying for housing and travelling abroad.

They run a number of websites, including an information hub, which is the country’s most comprehensive source of online information on a wide range of issues that criminal convictions can affect.

They have a disclosure calculator, which makes it simple to calculate when convictions become ‘spent’ and so no longer need to be disclosed for most jobs and insurance. They also run an online peer-to-peer forum and an online magazine, theRecord. Their confidential peer helpline responds to queries from people with convictions, including by telephone, email, WhatsApp and letter.

They support people with convictions by providing criminal record disclosure training and other useful resources to practitioners and organisations that deliver direct services to individuals.

Unlock also support employers in the fair treatment of people with criminal records, and as part of this they run a website for employers that promotes good practice and provides useful guidance and tools.

Their practical support acts as their ‘ear to the ground’, through which they listen to people who are facing difficulties as a result of their convictions. They work with government, employers, insurers and others, to change policies, practices and attitudes so that there is a fairer and more inclusive society that enables people with convictions to move on positively with their lives.

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