Laura couldn’t understand how her son could be removed from the Council’s housing list after accidentally disclosing his spent convictions. However, the lack of understanding around spent/unspent convictions by Council staff surprised her even more. My son Roman was aged 22 when he applied for and
Having met a member of the Unlock team during a Disclosure Workshop in prison, Reece was delighted to be able to continue this association when he secured a voluntary role as a helpline advisor. It was early 2018 and I was nearing the end of my
Despite serving his 6-month custodial sentence, Alistair feels that the prejudice and stigma he continues to experience will be a life sentence. Prior to finding myself on the wrong side of the law, I was a highly skilled, tax-paying member of society. On release from prison
After receiving two convictions in a short space of time, Deena was anxious about having to explain them to her current employer. Having been employed for 5 years, she didn’t for one minute consider not disclosing and in this case, the result was positive. I’d worked for
Many people with an unspent conviction will welcome an organisation removing the box asking about criminal convictions from their application forms. However, Noah feels that for individuals with more complex criminal records, there may be some unintended consequences of doing so unless employers make other changes too.
We know that getting a paid or voluntary role can be really important in helping people to turn their lives around if they have a criminal record and, although it doesn’t always seem like it, there are lots of organisations that look to proactively recruit people with
Niall’s cautions had never really caused him too many problems until he wanted to live and work in China. He’d often wondered whether he’d been given the best advice by his solicitor after accepting the cautions and took the decision to apply to the police to have
As a victim of domestic abuse, Stephanie assumed that when she rang for help, the police would rescue her from her perpetrator. Instead, she ended up with a conviction which will stay on her enhanced DBS certificate for 11 years. Back in 2015, I
With the forthcoming launch of his Prison to Parenthood project, David explains how his own experiences with alcohol and the family court led him to set up this new pilot scheme. 2018 was the strangest year I’ve known. It began in a prison cell with all
Toni was determined that on her release from prison she was going to turn her back on the criminal justice system. However, as she later discovered, the impact of her prison sentence meant that she’d go on to use her experiences in a much more positive way.
Megan was extremely disappointed when her university application for a nursing degree was refused on the basis of her criminal record. However, after taking time out to re-evaluate her career and her conviction, Megan applied again and was offered places at 3 different universities. Nursing had
We’re continuing to look for examples of employers who have carried out inappropriate criminal record checks. We’re gathering this information as part of our Fair Access to Employment project and to feed into our legal strategy which aims to put an end to unlawful criminal record checks.