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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Moving on: Unlock, who are we and what do we do?

This month, we’ve written a further article for InsideTime ‘Through the Gate’ Section which gives a bit more information about who Unlock are. A copy of the article can be found below. Since 2016, Unlock has written regularly for Inside Time’s ‘Through the Gate’ section which focuses on some of the issues that people leaving […]

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Monthly summary – June 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for June 2019. This provides a summary of: thelatest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled across […]

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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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Helpline closing for office move

Our helpline will be closed on Monday 3rd June 2019 as we’re moving offices (we’re staying in the same building; so not going far). All being well, we expect to reopen at 10am on Tuesday 4th June. Whilst we’re closed, you can drop us an email, text or WhatsApp message. Our contact details can be […]

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Monthly summary – May 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for May 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record. Have you stumbled […]

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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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Monthly summary – April 2019

Welcome to our monthly update for April 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you stumbled […]

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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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Monthly summary – March 2019

Welcome to our monthly summary for March 2019. This provides a summary of: the latest updates to our self-help information site for people with convictions recent posts to our online magazine, theRecord discussions on our online forum other news and developments that might be of interest to people with a criminal record Have you just […]

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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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