Unlock is an independent award-winning national charity that provides a voice and support for people who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record, often long after they have served their sentence.

Firstly, we help people. We provide information, advice and support, including running an information site and confidential peer-run helpline. We help practitioners support people by providing criminal record disclosure training. And we support employers and universities in treating people fairly.

Secondly, we advocate for change, working at policy level to address systemic and structural issues. We listen to and consult with people, undertake research and produce evidence-based reports to inform policy makers and the public. We challenge bad practice, influence attitudes and speak truth to power. We co-founded and support the Ban the Box campaign and we are pushing for #FairChecks, a fresh start for the criminal records system.

How to Access this Service

By using the contact details below.

Text or WhatsApp us on 07824 113848.

They also have an online contact form which you can fill out: https://infohub.typeform.com/to/zguWrK


Helpline is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).

Deaf and speech impaired callers can access our helpline via the Relay UK Service. Textphone users should prefix their call with 18001.

Organisation: Unlock
Maidstone Community Support Centre39-48 Marsham StreetMaidstoneKentME14 1HHUK
01634 247 350

Who is it for?

People with convictions.

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