139 organisations took part in our recent survey, scoping the impact of the current economic climate and government policy on your organisations, services you deliver and people you work with. Many thanks for taking the time to respond; we will be publishing a report over the summer alongside a co-ordinated media campaign to highlight the findings.
Clinks Network Member, Trevor Philpott, has posted a blog entitled 'Military Veteran Offenders', which calls into question the official number of veterans in our Criminal Justice System. Trevor reports that "many veterans within the CJS are suffering with differing levels of mental health problems, often arising from combat experiences and other difficulties," and asks "With the government's recent focus on mental health, will veterans be recognised as a special deserving case?". He goes on to say that "anecdotal evidence is clearly showing that veterans represent the largest single employment group within the justice system," and closes by asking "when will the MOJ approve more detailed research into what is an increasing major issue and recognise the need to provide an alternative to prison and probation for those who, in many cases, have risked their lives and their family relationships for their country?" Have your say at: Clinks Network.
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Victims of crime should not be made to feel like accessories to the criminal justice system, said Justice Minister Crispin Blunt. Speaking at the Victim Support annual conference, Mr Blunt said: "It is a plain fact that the needs of victims vary locally. The needs of victims in central Manchester will be very different from those in rural Devon. Democratically elected and accountable Police and Crime Commissioners, will be better placed than Whitehall bureaucrats, to decide what their communities want and need." Read the full speech at: MoJ.
On the prison intranet this week, a HMP Norwich employee asked Michael Spurr how he felt Shannon Trust's Toe by Toe reading scheme could be integrated into their daily regime. Mr Spurr replied that new OLASS contracts later this year will have a requirement for providers to support and develop peer mentors; there's a possibility of using PNOMIS to identify Toe by Toe mentors as they transfer prisons, enabling prisons to recruit them or provide continued development. He finishes by recommending sharing good practice with HMP Leeds, Pentonville and Gloucester; all of whom have successful schemes. To see the full transcript, visit: Clinks.
The Parole Board has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2011/12, reporting on its performance during the year, statistics for determinate sentence and indeterminate sentence prisoners and accounts for the year. The report records the work carried out by the Board last year to maintain its high standards of risk assessment during a year in which it faced the twin challenges of a big backlog of cases and continued uncertainty over its future. Parole Board Chief Executive, Claire Bassett, said: "The workload of the Board remains at a historically high level and the number of cases we are handling has increased by 3.3%, from 25,566 to 26,414, over the last year. Our greatest achievement this year has been to double the number of oral hearings panels that we hold every month without any increase in the number of secretariat staff. We are now averaging around 240 oral hearings panels a month". Read the full press release and download the report at: MoJ.
In order to achieve their objectives and realise the potential of a collaborative approach to service development and delivery, Dorset Probation Trust is inviting organisations to become members of its partnership framework. The purposes of the framework are: Responding to tender opportunities and jointly bidding for funding; Pre-qualification for small value contracts; jointly build capacity, expertise and strength through partnership; sharing resources in order to develop a robust model of integrated working. The application form and information and instructions for potential partners will be available to download from: Dorset Probation Trust.
The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) is looking to invest £19 million in health and social care enterprises delivering exceptional value through their services. Emerging and existing social enterprises demonstrating high social impact can apply for funding packages that will help them grow. At least £8 million will be available in the form of loans. Capital and revenue grants between £30,000 and £150,000 are also on offer. Full details at: Social Investment Business.
'Community-led solutions to crime' is IARS' annual conference [26th September, London, ?64] that will bring to light critical new research and thought on the gradual opening up of the criminal justice system to public involvement - including case studies of restorative work with rioters, community involvement in prosecutions, the experience of girls in custody, the engagement of minority groups, and some of the potential limitations of these approaches. The three panel format - featuring 15 experts and chaired by Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel - will debate the new evidence on community, victim and offender involvement within the criminal justice system, and how this might make it more effective and responsive to their needs. Book your place at: IARS.
Criminal Justice Management 2012 [19th September, London, from £149] will bring together 350 key decision makers from across government and the criminal justice, local, charity and private sectors to debate, discuss and continue to make progress in sector improvement. With insightful workshop sessions, focused streams and unrivalled networking opportunities, this conference is not to be missed. Speakers include Stephen Rimmer, Baroness Newlove, Crispin Blunt and Helen Judge. Light Lunch readers can get discounted places with these promotional codes: VCS organisations can use 'VCSClinks' for £25 off, whilst public sector delegates can get £100 off using code 'PSClinks' at: CJM 2012.
Red Kite Learning has worked with Inside Job Productions to produce an innovative, interactive drama - 'Tell / Don't Tell' which aims to follow through the consequences of choices made by ex-offenders when looking for employment. The film is based on the engaging story of one man's journey and the impact on his family, where the viewer can decide which course of action they want the main character to take at a number of critical points. The film and the packaging form an excellent training resource for any provider supporting ex-offenders to find employment. The film can be viewed at Red Kite Learning.
'Restorative Thinking: A Restorative Justice Interactive Toolkit for Working with Offenders' provides a mechanism for Prisons and Probation Local Delivery Units to deliver Restorative Justice approaches and Restorative Practices with offenders and ex-offenders. The toolkit, which provides facilitators with a framework and resources for delivering Restorative Practices, is effective with both groups and individuals in Prison and Probation settings. Find out more at: Restorative Thinking.
St Giles Trust is inviting bids for an evaluation of their award-winning SOS gangs work in London. The project offers intensive support to persistent and prolific young offenders to help them break free from crime - particularly gang-related crime. It works with young people both in prison and in the community, offering a tailored package of support for each individual to help them identify and realise alternative aspirations and goals away from a life of crime. The closing date for applications is 5pm, 3rd August 2012. For further information and specification, email email@example.com.
reachfor is a new and growing joint venture of eight social enterprises that provides information, advice and guidance and related services for young people and adults to help them achieve positive destinations in employment, education and/or training. reachfor is looking for like-minded organisations with whom they can work to extend the reach of their services, and have already secured substantial funding to provide the Right Track programme and National Citizen Service. They are particularly looking for Strategic Associates to deliver services within: East of England, Greater London, Lancashire and Greater Manchester, North East England, West Sussex, Southern Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Yorkshire and the Humber. Find out how to be involved at: reachfor.
Vacancies posted this week include a Time Broker at Fair Shares Gloucester [Gloucester], a Coach Mentor for Women in Prison [London], Through the Gate Worker for Women in Prison [London], Sessional tutors with Back on Track [Manchester], Housing Support Worker with Foundation [Selby], Public Speaker Trainer with User Voice [Nationwide], Programme Manager with Spark Inside [London],and an Office Manager and PA to the Director at IARS [London]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: From 7am on Fri 13 Jul, Lastminute.com is launching a one day sale, knocking 50% off selected bookings at 83 hotels worldwide until 10am the following morning (Sat Jul 14). Details
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TIP OF THE WEEK III: For £109 a family of four can stay in Leicestershire, with three activities included in the price. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: For £49, two people can stay at an Akkeron Hotel [choose from 11 different hotels, including Exeter, Colchester, Yorkshire, and Derbyshire] throughout the summer. The deal includes breakfast. Details