Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an individual Clean Sheet member?

A Clean Sheet Member is a person with convictions on their record who has shown their commitment to working by completing two modules:

  • Ways to Work©
  • Membership Module


Why should I become a Clean Sheet Employer?

There is growing evidence to suggest there is a strong financial and moral business case for not excluding people with convictions from your recruitment process. Corporate and Social Responsibility are demonstrated in an employer who will look beyond a stereotype and see a potentially loyal and hardworking employee.

We provide a secure web portal to Clean Sheet members only with links to employers’ recruitment or vacancies page. We are happy to speak to our employers on behalf of our members if invited to do so.


How do I know a Clean Sheet member will be a reliable employee?

You won’t necessarily know and you should apply your usual robust selection process. Your only commitment is not to exclude people with convictions from applying. A healthy mature conversation about any unspent convictions will enhance your decision making in the later stages of selection.


How can my Church get involved?

There are a number of opportunities for Christian communities with a heart and a calling to reach out to people with convictions. You can provide volunteers to be trained to lead Ways to Work© in a local prison or as a community workshop. You can nominate someone to be a Clean Sheet Employer Ambassador, introducing local businesses to the Clean Sheet model.

How can I support Clean Sheet?

You can join our Chainbreakers – for more information click here. You can make a one-off or regular donation here.


How is Clean Sheet funded?

Clean Sheet is totally independent. We rely on the generosity of our Chainbreakers – individual supporters and Grant Making Bodies – see our partners here.


Am I guaranteed a job if I become a Clean Sheet member?

NO! You will apply for any vacancies our employers may have for placements, training or employment through their usual selection process.


As a Clean Sheet member, will I still have to disclose my criminal record?

YES. You will still need to disclose any unspent convictions, if asked, but this will not exclude you from the selection process. Any roles that qualify for an enhanced DBS check will still require your full cooperation . For more help and guidance phone the Unlock Helpline. Call: 01634 247350 (Press 1) – Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Text: 07824 113848 Email:

From Prison to Employment: A 3-Step Pathway

Ways to Work

Held in Prison before release, this session recognises achievement, encourages aspiration and kindles hope for a different and better future.

Membership Module

Available at a partner Job Club our membership module addresses the realities of working life, employers’ expectations and an honest commitment to employment.

Employers Directory

Our employers are committed to actively considering people with convictions whenever they have a job vacancy, training place or volunteering opportunity.