Our Priorities and
Objectives for 2021-26

Priority 1

People have knowledge, skills, confidence and support to overcome the disadvantages related to their criminal record

We will

Reach more people by helping them to self-serve digitally:

Implement our digital strategy

Redevelop our websites

Develop and implement innovative tools to help people

Develop our digital training for professionals

Priority 1

We will

Strengthen our capacity to support people more:

Strengthen our multi-channel support to maintain highest possible standards

Ensure we have the resources to effectively advise those that need to contact us

Expand our case work and individual advocacy support

Strengthen our multi-channel support to maintain highest possible standards

Ensure we have the resources to effectively advise those that need to contact us

Expand our case work and individual advocacy support

Priority 2

People with criminal records are free from stigma, prejudice and discrimination as a result of government, employers and others having policies, practices and attitudes that support their fair treatment.

We will

Advocate and campaign, building on our areas of strength, going deeper into the policy and systemic issues that significantly affect people:

Push for a root and branch review of the criminal records disclosure system

Challenge the increase in use of unnecessary DBS checks, and stop unlawful higher-level checks

Influence employer policies and embed fair recruitment practices

Build on our work to promote fair access to higher education

Priority 2

We will

Increase our use of the law and strategic litigation as a tactic for achieving change:

Develop a legal strategy with a plan for how we will deliver it

Identify and prioritise key areas where legal cases could help to achieve wider systemic change

Seek to collaborate with others in this work

Develop a legal strategy with a plan for how we will deliver it

Identify and prioritise key areas where legal cases could help to achieve wider systemic change

Seek to collaborate with others in this work

Priority 2

We will

Increase the research and evidence base to support our work to achieve change at a policy and systemic level:

Develop a research strategy with a plan for how we will deliver it

Effectively integrate the experiences and perspectives of people with criminal records into our approach to research

Develop a research strategy with a plan for how we will deliver it

Effectively integrate the experiences and perspectives of people with criminal records into our approach to research

Priority 3

Unlock continues to be effective, efficient and professional in its work and operations, ensuring we have systems to achieve maximum impact

We will

Maintain good governance and develop Unlock’s
sustainability and resilience:

Translate our priorities into fully funded and resourced delivery

Develop unrestricted funding streams including support from donors and philanthropists, and by growing earned income

Continue to measure ourselves against the Charity Governance Code

Ensure that we maintain a focus on increasing diversity and inclusion, with the aim of being representative of all sections of society