As our employment project has begun to gather momentum, we thought it was important to explain our approach to employers as part of this work and this site. We recently published a specific page on the main Unlock site which sets this out in more detail. We’ve also provided more details about how we support employers […]
One of the key focuses of our employment project is to support employers in developing good policies and practices. One way we’re going about this by developing a resource centre specifically for employers. So, we’re going back to basics. We want to make sure that we support employers who choose to consider criminal records by […]
We are delighted to report that Unlock has been awarded a three-year grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that will enable us to deliver a programme of work that will challenge the discrimination faced by people with convictions in getting employment. This marks the beginning of a significant area of work for Unlock, enabling us […]
We’re working with the Criminal Records Unit of WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) to run a four hour masterclass on the 29th October 2014 in Rhyl, North Wales. WCVA CRU is a DBS umbrella registered body. They provide access to DBS checks for the third sector is Wales, funded by the Welsh Government. They also […]
Christopher Stacey, Co-Director, Unlock comments on the issues discussed in a recent Ban the Box webinar. Quite rightly, the Ban the Box campaign is focused on a specific issue, that being the tick-box that appears on many job application forms, frightening the life out of somebody who has a criminal record. Many people with convictions see […]
We’re delighted that, having campaigned for many years, the 10th March 2014 will finally see reforms to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 come into force. This means that many people will find that their conviction becomes ‘spent’ a lot sooner than it did previously. It only applies in England and Wales, but the changes […]
Unlock has today lent its support and endorsement to the ‘ban the box’ campaign, which is being led by Business in the Community. The aim of the campaign is to increase the opportunity for people with convictions to compete for jobs. Christopher Stacey, Co-Director at Unlock, said “We believe that that, by banning the box, […]
As part of our support for Ban the Box, we spoke on Radio 5 Live about the campaign. You can listen to the interview below.