Changes to Charity Rules for People with Convictions

Does your organisation involve people with criminal records?

Unlock, supported by Clinks, has produced guidance to help charities understand changes to charity rules coming into force today. Use it to maintain and increase the involvement of people with criminal records within your charity.

There are over 11 million people in the country with a criminal record. Many of them play a vital role contributing to the work of charities but there are rules which prevent some people with certain convictions from being able to run a charity, unless they have clearance from the Charity Commission.

From 1st August 2018, these rules are changing, meaning that:

  • A wider range of criminal records are covered
  • Existing trustees and new trustees are affected as well as senior managers.

It’s important that charities of all shapes and sizes get to grips with these changes, not just those that work in criminal justice. If you involve people with criminal convictions in your organisation’s leadership, it is vital to understand what you can do to support people who are affected.

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