'Leading charities with conviction' tool

This tool is designed to help you understand if new charity automatic disqualification rules coming into force on 1st August 2018 affect you.

The current rules only apply to trustees. People with unspent convictions for certain offences, including dishonesty and deception offences, need to be granted a waiver from the Charity Commission before they can be a trustee.

There are two main changes happening in August:

1. There are more offences covered – including people on the sex offenders register
2. There are more roles covered – the rules will apply to certain senior manager positions such as chief executives and chief finance officers.

This tool will help you understand if you are affected by these changes. 

At the end it will tell you if you need to apply for clearance (known as a waiver) from the Charity Commission. There is a link to more information about this if that's the case.
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For more information about this tool, as well as our guidance on these rules,  visit http://hub.unlock.org.uk/information/charities/

Please note: This tool is designed to give an indication only. Use of it is subject to our disclaimer, available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/disclaimer/
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Are you currently involved with a charity? *

     
 
What role are you currently working/volunteering in or what role are you looking to work/volunteer in? *

The Charity Commission website has definitions of 'charity trustee' and 'trustee of a charity'. This is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions

For details on what is classed as 'Chief executive (or equivalent)' and 'Chief finance officer (or equivalent)', read our guidance at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/leading-charities-with-conviction/#Roles

 
Is your criminal record 'spent'? *

By 'spent', we mean under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you're not sure if your criminal record is spent, you can use this tool - http://www.disclosurecalculator.org.uk/ - to work it out.
     
 
Are any of your unspent convictions on the list of relevant offences?

Relevant offences include those involving dishonesty or deception. It also covers specific terrorism offences and money laundering offences. For more details on what counts as a relevant offence, see our guidance for individuals available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/leading-charities-with-conviction/

Some examples of offences involving dishonesty or deception are theft, fraud by false representation, fraud by failing to disclose information, obtaining services dishonestly, obtaining property or services by deception and evading liability by deception.

Some examples of offences which do not involve dishonesty or deception include:television licence evasion, most motoring offences, benefit fraud, assault, possession of classified drugs and murder.
     
 
Are you on the sex offenders register?

Select 'Yes' if you are subject to the notification requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
     
You have selected a role that is not covered by the automatic disqualification rules.

This means you are not prevented under these charity rules from being involved in a charity in this way as a result of your criminal record.

If you're not already working or volunteering for a charity, you should still check the charity's recruitment policy to find out their policy and approach to applicants with a criminal record, as you may still need to disclose your criminal record during the recruitment process.

For more information on these charity rules

You can:
1. Read our guidance for individuals - http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/leading-charities-with-conviction/
2. Read our guidance for charities - http://recruit.unlock.org.uk/guidance/charities/
3. Visit our "changes to charity rules" project page - http://www.unlock.org.uk/charityrules

If you think you need to apply for a waiver, you can contact our helpline for advice. Contact details are available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/helpline.

Unlock is only able to continue to develop tools like this tool thanks to your generous support. If you have found it useful, please consider making a donation online at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/7665.

Let us know how you found this tool by letting us have your feedback at https://unlock2000.wufoo.com/forms/feedback/

Thank you for completing Unlock's 'Leading charities with conviction' tool. 

If you need to use the tool again, you can do that here - https://infohub.typeform.com/to/x8pcFn

Please note: This tool is designed to give an indication only. Use of it is subject to our disclaimer, available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/disclaimer/
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Based on your answers, you are not prevented from working or volunteering with a charity under the charity rules as a result of your criminal record.

You can work/volunteer without the need to apply for a waiver.

There may be reasons other than your criminal record that might have an impact, such as being an undischarged bankrupt or being disqualified from being a company director. Check the Charity Commissions guidance for details of these reasons and others - available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions
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For more information on these charity rules*

You can:
1. Read our guidance for individuals - http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/leading-charities-with-conviction/
2. Read our guidance for charities - http://recruit.unlock.org.uk/guidance/charities/
3. Visit our "changes to charity rules" project page - http://www.unlock.org.uk/charityrules

If you think you need to apply for a waiver, you can contact our helpline for advice. Contact details are available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/helpline.

Unlock is only able to continue to develop tools like this tool thanks to your generous support. If you have found it useful, please consider making a donation online at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/7665.

Let us know how you found this tool by letting us have your feedback at https://unlock2000.wufoo.com/forms/feedback/

Thank you for completing Unlock's 'Leading charities with conviction' tool. 

If you need to use the tool again, you can do that here - https://infohub.typeform.com/to/x8pcFn

Please note: This tool is designed to give an indication only. Use of it is subject to our disclaimer, available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/disclaimer/
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Based on your answers, you will need to apply for clearance from the Charity Commission. This is because your criminal record appears to 'automatically disqualify' you (as it's technically known). To do the role you've indicated, you'll need to apply for a waiver.

If you are currently in the position you indicated, it depends on why you need clearance as to whether you can continue in that role for the time being. This is because some of the rules that disqualify individuals don't have effect until 1st August.

From 1st August 2018, anybody that needs clearance will need to get  a waiver before they start or continue in a restricted position.

You can apply for a waiver before 1st August 2018. 

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For more information on these charity rules*

You can:
1. Read our guidance for individuals - http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/leading-charities-with-conviction/
2. Read our guidance for charities - http://recruit.unlock.org.uk/guidance/charities/
3. Visit our "changes to charity rules" project page - http://www.unlock.org.uk/charityrules

If you think you need to apply for a waiver, you can contact our helpline for advice. Contact details are available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/helpline.

Unlock is only able to continue to develop tools like this tool thanks to your generous support. If you have found it useful, please consider making a donation online at https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/7665.

Let us know how you found this tool by letting us have your feedback at https://unlock2000.wufoo.com/forms/feedback/

Thank you for completing Unlock's 'Leading charities with conviction' tool. 

If you need to use the tool again, you can do that here - https://infohub.typeform.com/to/x8pcFn

Please note: This tool is designed to give an indication only. Use of it is subject to our disclaimer, available at http://hub.unlock.org.uk/disclaimer/
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