IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH...
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE: festive schedule
CLINKS NEWS: Offender-centred commissioning
CLINKS EVENT: the role of the VCS in desistance
CLINKS NEWS: our networks continue to grow
CLINKS EVENT: sustainable funding road show arrives in the South West
CLINKS NETWORK NEWS: question around the removal of foreign national prisoners
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Prisons Minister champions payment by results
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Justice Ministers praise digital technology
COMMISSIONING: new national NOMS tender for service user involvement projects
FUNDING: for advice providers facing large reductions in funding
TRAINING: addressing violence in teenage relationships
TRAINING: parenting programmes in prison
TRAINING: finance for charities
PUBLICATION: One year on for the ONE service
RESOURCE: papers from offender mental health conference
OPPORTUNITY: support young men's wellbeing
OPPORTUNITY: expand your services for families affected by alcohol use
OPPORTUNITY: become a volunteer mentor for young people
OPPORTUNITY: to challenge perceptions of the criminal justice system
OPPORTUNITY: evaluate the work of Birth Companions
VACANCIES IN THE CJS
TIPS OF THE WEEK...
LIGHT LUNCH NOTICE: festive schedule
Please note there will be no Light Lunch next week (9 December). There will also be a three week break to include 23 December, 30 December, and 6 January. Please bear this in mind when submitting content.
Is your organisation thinking about payment by results contracts? Do you worry about demonstrating the effectiveness of your work? Ever felt uneasy when you promise that you can deliver reduced reoffending? Earlier this month several Clinks staff attended a talk on desistance and commissioning by the criminologist Fergus McNeill. The talk unpicks a lot of these issues, by asking: what would it mean if NOMS (and other service commissioners) placed the offender at the centre of the commissioning process? We felt his ideas had great significance for how VCS organisations carry out and monitor their work. Ben Jarman and Katie O'Donoghue, our policy interns, have posted an excellent article on the Network, summarising Fergus's presentation. We'd really like to hear your views on the questions posed at the end of the article. A must-read! Available at: Clinks Network.
'Playing to our strengths' is a national conference [26 January 2012, Birmingham, £40 VCS] exploring the approaches that promote desistance. The event will also consider the particular role that VCS organisations can play to support desistance in the new commissioning environment. Keynote speakers include Fergus McNeill, a leading expert on desistance; Clive Martin, Director of Clinks; Ian Poree, Director of Commissioning at NOMS; and Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive of Barrow Cadbury Trust. Seminars will include 'The role of Police & Crime Commissioners', 'Developing user voice', 'New models of finance', 'Developing the workforce', and 'Desistance mentoring'. Book your place at: Clinks Events.
We'll be finishing 2011 with a significantly increased network of contacts. Light Lunch has increased by over 1,500 to almost 7,100 subscribers; our new Network has over 1,000 members in just four months, and our venture into social media has seen us accumulate over 800 followers on Twitter. All of this means you are able to use Clinks to network and communicate with wider audiences; promoting your services and accessing a wider range of information. Make sure you take advantage by joining the free Network and following us on Twitter.
Our sustainable funding road show, run in partnership with Devon Reform, will arrive in Exeter on 1 February. With Budget cuts, new and evolving Government Policy, and uncertainty over future funding; these are challenging times for the Sector. But you are not alone! The Clinks Sustainable Funding Road Show is here to help! The event will provide information on the current funding and policy environment and opportunities for partnership networking and one-to-one surgeries with specialist advisors on income generation and partnership working. The programme includes two presentations, three workshops for each delegate as well as a facilitated networking activity and the chance to pre book one-to one surgeries for more in- depth advice. Full details and bookings [£25] at: Devon Reform.
Adeline from Clinks Member Bail for Immigration Detainees asks: "I understand that the Service Level Agreement to support the effective management and speedy removal of foreign national prisoners' agreed between MoJ/NOMS and HO/UKBA, which came into force in April 2009 has now expired, but a new SLA was being negotiated. Does anyone know offhand whether this has i) materialised, ii) been made publicly available?" Can any Light Lunch readers help? Visit: Clinks Network.
Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt said this week that payment by results is a smarter approach to offender management and would reward providers who successfully rehabilitate offenders, ensuring value for money for taxpayers. Crispin Blunt said the Government would only pay for genuine success. "Providers will be held accountable for their performance, and will need to bear the financial risk of failure. The tax payer will not foot the bill for services that fail." There are currently eight payment by results pilots across the country - five in London as well as in Peterborough, Doncaster and Greater Manchester.
Justice Ministers Nick Herbert and Jonathan Djanogly visited a police station in North Kent and a virtual court in Chester this week, reporting that the increased use of virtual courts and live links technology is making justice quicker and more effective. Virtual courts allow a defendant, charged in a police station, to have their first hearing held over secure video link from the magistrates' court, whilst live links allow police witnesses to give evidence in court via the police station. The initiatives form part of a wider policy to digitalise, streamline and make the Criminal Justice system more efficient. More than 1400 people have appeared using the virtual court system in Kent. Live links was introduced in July and in the first 24 cases, more than 100 hours of police time have been saved. Full story at: MoJ.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) seeks bids from potential providers to undertake development work in the field of service user engagement, following on from Clinks' earlier work on the subject. The vision of the tender is an effective and efficient method of service user engagement functioning in at least 6-8 prisons and at least 6-8 probation trusts, which can be replicated in similar prisons and trusts and is able to constructively engage with commissioners at a national level. The requirement will be tendered in lots. Potential providers can submit a bid for one or more lot. The allocated budget for each lot is £30,000 - £40,000 over two years. Each lot will consist of working with one specified prison or Probation Trust in year one and extending the model to at least one further specified prison or Probation Trust in year two. There will be two provider events[13 December, Wakefield & 15 December, London]. For more information and full documentation, visit Clinks Network. To attend an event, email Kerry Chon.
The £16.8million Advice Services Fund is for not-for-profit advice providers in England and will provide grants of £40,000 to £70,000 to be spent on service delivery. It is managed by BIG Fund on behalf of the Cabinet Office. Applicants must: Provide advice in at least one of the following priority areas: debt, welfare benefits, employment and housing; and Be able to evidence public funding cuts of at least 10% for the specified advice service areas from central and local government sources in 2011/12. Priority will be given to organisations with higher levels of reductions in funds. How applicants plan to use their grants, their plans for the future (including ways to improve efficiency) and how the quality of their advice services help meet local needs, will also be taken into account. Details at: Clinks Network.
'Working with young people to address violence in teenage relationships' is a one day training course from Tender [2 February, London, £125] that will practically examine how drama techniques can be used to engage young people in order to explore the early warning signs of abusive relationships, what abuse is and how to seek support. This very practical day will equip participants with a clear understanding of the key issues of abuse and violence in relationships. Participants will explore a range of drama exercises that can be used to engage young people. The day is aimed at professionals working directly with young people. Participants do not need to have previous experience of drama or theatre to take part in the day. To book your place, contact Dorota Small.
Safe Ground are running their three-day residential training programme, Fathers Inside [6 - 8 March, Newbold Revel, £45]. This groundbreaking parenting course aims to help prisoners contribute to society by teaching them how to support their children's education and upbringing whilst in custody. Fathers Inside is currently delivered in 10 establishments across England and Wales. This training will give staff the tools to set up and deliver the programme, as well as give them the opportunity to work with tutors and Officers across our network of prisons. Book your place at: Safe Ground.
Community Accountancy Self Help (CASH) is a London-based project that provides financial advice and training to small charities and voluntary groups. They offer training on all aspects of finance geared towards organisations with turnovers of less than £150,000. Courses include: Basic bookkeeping; Finance reports for management committees; Social Enterprise; Introduction to Charity Accounts; and Financial Administration. London based organisations get up to five days free. Full details at:www.cash-online.org.uk/c/2/.
Social Finance has, this week, published a report on the first year of the Peterborough Social Impact Bond and the One Service. This pilot operates on a payment by results method where investors make a return if reoffending is reduced amongst a cohort that participates in the service. The report finds clear evidence of an unmet need from a group who typically receive little or no support on release, whilst warning success can not be measured until the end of the four year pilot. "On reflection, the Social Impact Bond funding structure has brought flexibility and innovation to the project. Flexibility in terms of finance and therefore service provision; innovation in terms of the solutions and partnerships we are able to build because we are judged by outcomes and not outputs...The value of a programme which is funded for over six years is tangible both for our service delivery partners and other stakeholders. It enables them to plan and build around it." Download the full report at: Social Finance.
RESOURCE:papers from offender mental health conference
Last week, Clinks Member Revolving Doors Agency held the national community Safety and Mental Health conference. The event was designed to improve the knowledge of community safety practitioners on mental health issues, and help demonstrate how mental health issues can inform strategic planning. Chaired by Cllr Les Lawrence, vice-chair of the LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Programme Board, speakers included Lord Keith Bradley and director of offender health, Richard Bradshaw. The speeches and presentations are available to download at: LGA.
Suicide is the single biggest killer of young men in London. London CALM is a charity targeted at all young men in inner London to give them support when they need it. It is a help-line and texting service open 4 nights a week, Sat-Tues, 5pm-midnight - free, confidential and anonymous. They also publish a magazine, have a website and social media presence, and corporate relationships with retailers including Topman. They are looking for individuals and organisations to support their campaign and get involved. Find out more by emailing Dan Taylor.
Clinks Member Adfam have written a short article on Alcohol Awareness Week, and are inviting service providers working in this field to contact them to explore joint-working. "Adfam welcomes Alcohol Awareness Week and the focus it brings on the harm alcohol can cause individuals, families and communities in the UK. Although there is lots of good work being done and an increased awareness of the possible negative effects of alcohol there is still a long way to go. We would like to add to the debate by highlighting the needs of families affected by alcohol in a call for a whole-family response to be properly implemented. We want to do more work understanding the needs of families affected by alcohol use. If you or your organisation would like to be involved or discuss Alcohol Awareness Week with Adfam please get in touch. If you wish to contribute your own experiences to the process please also contact us - your experiences will be treated in complete confidence." More at: Adfam.
Clinks Member Nacro are looking for volunteers to be trained as mentors for their clients - young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Applicants should be non-judgmental, excellent communicators and be motivated and resilient. Mentors are members of the community coming from a diverse range of backgrounds who engage with their mentee offering them support and advice & guidance whilst encouraging them to make positive changes in their life. The role is varied but often consists of providing emotional support, advocacy, support accessing employment or training, claiming benefits, developing CVs, independent living, or sign posting. Applicants must be aged 21 or over and be able to commit at least 3 hours per week to volunteering for a duration of at least 6 months. Interested? Contact Richard Hearn.
Light Lunch reader Andy Aresti, criminal desistance lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London/University of Westminster has set up, with colleagues Sacha Darke & Rod Earle, the British Convict Criminology; a collection of academics who are challenging misrepresentations of crime, prisons and resettlement. The group feels it may be of interest to the VCS, so are inviting readers to take a look round their site and get in touch if they want to be involved. Details at: BCC.
Birth Companions would like to commission a review of relevant research and evaluations which will help them to know: What constitutes effective practice in the provision of antenatal, birth and postnatal support for vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers? What are the outcomes of different types of support for vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers & their babies? The successful applicant will be expected to submit a report, executive summary and copies of the research. The value of the tender is £2,000 and the deadline for applications is 18th December. Full details at: Clinks Network.
Vacancies posted this week include Independent Academic Research Studies are seeking a Chair of the Board of Trustees [London], and Prisoners Education Trust are looking for a new Director [London]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
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TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get up to 43% off tickets for festive concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican. Performances include Messiah, White Christmas, and Carols by Candlelight. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Stay at the Britannia International in Canary Wharf for £69 per room, per night, including breakfast and wine. Details.
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