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Criminal Convictions

 Under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the grounds of a spent criminal conviction, some jobs however will be exempt from this (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/53).

 You must provide honest and accurate information when completing a disclosure form or responding to application questions relating to a criminal record.

 Below are some links which provide further information and support:

 

  • Clinks – Supports, promotes and represents the voluntary sector working with people in the criminal justice system and their families.
  • NACRO - Nacro provides one-to-one advice, a helpline and online service, offering expert advice. It also offers training and a jobs section.  
  • Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) - Pact is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families through a range of services. -

          Links to specific pages are given below:

- Unlock has a disclosure calculator and offers support https://www.unlock.org.uk/support-for-people-with-convictions/disclosure-calculator/

- Practical information and advice about job seeking  http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/looking-for-employment/

- Advice on disclosing to employers  http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/disclosing-to-employers/

- Self-employment http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/self-employment-business/

  • Clean Sheet - Clean Sheet helps people who have been in prison find work across the UK. 
  • NACRO- Nacro provides one-to-one advice, a helpline and online service, offering expert advice. It also offers training and a jobs section.  
  • Step Together - Step Together provides one to one support to arrange volunteering to develop the skills, confidence and motivation to move on in life. They work in Manchester, London and Dorset.
  • The Prison Funder Directory - Also known as the Hardman Directory.  Lists funding for individual prisoners and ex-prisoners, e.g. for study. 
  • Unlock– charity supporting people with a criminal conviction.  

 - Practical information and advice about job seeking  http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/looking-for-employment/

 - Advice on disclosing to employers  http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/disclosing-to-employers/

 - Self-employment http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/self-employment-business/

  • Working Chance – employment charity to support women with convictions to get into employment.