Unlock believes in an ear to the ground, voices at the top approach. We hear directly from people experiencing prejudice, stigma and discrimination because of their criminal record, and then we use our influence to enact change at the highest level.
Latest news & updates from our work to Change the SystemView all news and updates
The government has published its much-awaited prisons white paper, which covers a great deal of ground from building new prisons to measures to improve access to jobs on release. The latter is the focus of Unlock’s attention and can be found in the third chapter. While the paper offers renewed assurances that rehabilitation sits alongside public […]
We’ve spent the last few months working hard behind the scenes to build our new website – we hope you…
Each year we publish our annual report and accounts – which you can read in full on the Charity Commission’s…
Last week, Dominic Raab called for employers to recruit people in and leaving prison to help plug the skills gap in an…
Looking back over the last couple of months, we’ve written up a few examples of the people we’ve helped. We…
Case Studies of what we’ve achieved
Take a look at some key successes we’ve had over the years of fighting against prejudice, stigma and discrimination through our policy and campaigning work.View all case studies
- Abbie – How I challenged an enforced Subject Access Request (SAR) and kept my job
- Alan – Successfully making representation to be placed on a council’s housing register
- Anne – Should a criminal record prevent the award of a PhD?
- Benny – Success with the Scouts
- Brinley – “I successfully challenged an ineligible DBS check and kept my job”
- Our work with other organisations Challenging a Community Rehabilitation Company regarding the failings in their recruitment process
- Charlie – “I disclosed my conviction and still got a job”
- Case Work Clive – A potentially ineligible criminal record check led to the DBS considering barring me from working with children and vulnerable adults
- Support for individuals Dan – theInformationHub site made me realise how little I knew about criminal records
Our latest publications
We produce publications, often in collaboration with other key partners, to lead the way in demanding a fairer systemView all publications
- December 2021 Unlock Annual Report 2020/21 – summary
- March 2021 ‘Angels or witches’: The impact of criminal records on women
- December 2020 ‘The cycle repeats itself’ – Unlock’s response to the Ministry of Justice sentencing white paper
- December 2020 ‘Do I need to disclose my convictions?’ Unlock and Nottinghamshire Youth Justice Services resource for young people and professionals
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