Downloadable resources from us

We expect that most employers will be able to download and/or print the guidance and resources on this site. However, if you’d like one of our leaflets or business cards, or you’d like us to send you a hard-copy of any of the resources that we’ve produced below, just send an email to with the following details and we’ll get back to you:

  1. your name
  2. the details of the organisation you work for
  3. what materials or resources you’d like
  4. a brief outline of why you’d like them
In addition to the resources below (which are focused at employers) Unlock has a range of other publications and resources that you might be interested in. 
Marketing materials for this website – We’ve got a leaflet and a business card. Want a hard-copy of these? See above
Criminal record self-disclosure forms – Useful template for when asking about criminal records
Criminal record assessment template – Useful as an internal tool when coming to a judgement about a criminal record that an applicant has disclosed
Is it spent? Rehabilitation of Offenders Act – A poster that outlines the main sentences and when they become spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
What will be filtered by the DBS? – A simple guide and flowchart that helps to establish what will be filtered from disclosure on standard and enhanced criminal record disclosure certificates

The resources above are also available from the relevant guidance section. All guidance pages can be downloaded as PDF’s by clicking the ‘Print/PDF’ button at the bottom of the relevant page, then clicking ‘PDF’ in the dialogue box that opens. Just take a look at using our materials first.



Other practical resources

This section has links to a number of practical resources from others that are aimed at employers in supporting them to recruit people with convictions. You might have been directed to this section from elsewhere on this site. All practical resources from Unlock are both available above and from the relevant guidance section.

This guide by Business in the Community was published in October 2015. Read the post we wrote at the time.
This guide by Nacro was published in May 2015.
This guide by Virgin Trains was published in July 2016. Read the post we wrote at the time.
This guide by the Department for Work and Pensions was published in February 2017. Read the post we wrote at the time.



Useful links

Supporting employers in recruiting people with convictions

Below you’ll find details of some useful websites and organisations that support employers in recruiting people with convictions. These will also appear in other relevant sections of this site (alongside many others) but the most useful ones are listed below. Some of these are involved in work that we support.

They lead the Ban the Box campaign and have published practical guidance on banning the box.
They help companies fill vacancies with committed workers, whilst also reducing re-offending.
Nacro support employers by providing safer recruitment training and providing advice. You can call them on 0845 600 3194 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email
The Exceptionals is an online resource for employers to recruit people with convictions. It is a portal created to inspire, inform and connect: with compelling case studies, clear fact sheets and an interactive map of organisations working in the field who can provide businesses with the the candidates they need, as well as support them through the hiring process.
They are a recruitment consultancy placing women with criminal convictions into mainstream, quality jobs.

Help in finding applicants

We’ve put together details of sources of help that can help you find applicants

Related to criminal records and recruitment

Below you’ll find organisations related to criminal records and recruitment. These will also appear in other relevant sections of this site.

The DBS (previously the CRB) is a non-department government body responsible for processing criminal record check applications from employers and managing the barred lists. More details.
Disclosure Scotland is a government body and executive body of the Scottish Government providing basic level checks in England, Wales and Scotland. You can call them on 0870 609 6006 or email More details.
The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. They also provide advice on how to protect personal information and how to gain access to official records. You can call them on 0303 123 1113. More details.
If you have any feedback about these links, please contact us



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