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11. The Pledge

Unlock asks that the institutions which are committed to improving access and participation for people with criminal records sign up to our Pledge. This helps applicants to determine where they will be treated fairly, as well as communicating your institution’s dedication to the public.

”We have encountered a few questions with students [with criminal records] that didn’t have an obvious resolution. Having the pledge to refer back to, so that we know what principles we should be applying when we make a decision, has helped a lot. It provides a guide”



For providers who would like to explore signing the Pledge, additional resources are available. These include assessment frameworks and examples of how other providers changed their practice. Contact for more information.

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