Clinks Chair Dame Anne Owers has been appointed to lead the independent police watchdog. The appointment comes after nearly two years in which the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been without a permanent chairperson, and at a time when the organisation is involved in several high-profile investigations. The home secretary, Theresa May, said Dame Anne "has considerable experience of criminal justice and a formidable public reputation". As IPCC chair she would "challenge all parties to get to the truth and ensure that the organisation provides a fair, transparent and trusted service to the public and police", May said. Dame Anne will continue as Chair of Clinks. Read the full story at Guardian.
'Working Together to Reduce Offending in Swindon & Wiltshire' is a one day event [16th April, Seend, Wiltshire, free] to showcase best practice and develop engagement between criminal justice agencies and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), exploring the opportunity for a VCS led Criminal Justice Network in Wiltshire & Swindon with the aim of reducing offending in the future. The programme contains a number of key presentations from statutory and non-statutory partners experienced in this area of work, plus workshops, and an opportunity to ask questions. Details and bookings at: Clinks Events.
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has announced the results of The Una Padel Award 2011, with the following Clinks Member's winning: in the individual category, the winner is Justin Coleman at the 2nd Chance Project, the organisational winner is Birth Companions, with the highly recommended prize going to Ex-Cell Solutions. Congratulations to everybody involved!
Clinks Member Beyond Youth have recently been successful in winning a Big Venture Challenge Award, which recognises them as one of the top 25 social enterprises in the country. The Award has enabled them to employ a small delivery team, including young people who have previously been in custody, to expand their Chance 2 Change programme into prisons. The programme has the following impressive impact metrics: 95% Completion rate; 77% non-re-offending rate (more than three times the national average); 96% increase in confidence upon completion; and 50%+ moved into Employment, Education and Training. Find out more at: Beyond Youth.
NOMS and the Ministry of Justice are due to publish their Review on the 'Future Shape of Probation Services', a consultation document which will unveil the findings of a wide-ranging review taking in all aspects of the structure and function of Probation Services in England and Wales. Over the course of the anticipated 12 week consultation period Clinks will undertake a survey, encourage individual responses and host three roundtable events. These roundtable events will gather detailed feedback from the VCS for inclusion in Clinks' response to the consultation. Clinks' Local Development Team would like to hear from organisations working alongside the Probation Service that are interested in attending one of our three roundtable events. To express interest in attending the London event please contact Jilly Vickers; for the Manchester event contact Nathan Dick; for our Exeter / Taunton event contact Louise Clark. Places are strictly limited to one person per organisation and are only open to VCS organisations. Clinks will only confirm attendees, dates, venues and times after the official launch of the Probation Review.
We are holding a series of regional briefing events for VCSE organisations working on community safety to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the new commissioning landscape and provide further information about the support available through Clinks' Safer Future Communities project. The events are open to all VCSE organisations working on community safety and statutory stakeholders. If your organisation has an interest in or works to address issues such as crime & reoffending, antisocial behaviour, equalities and diversity, substance misuse, violence against women and girls or youth crime, we want to encourage you to attend. The events will be in: Taunton, 7th March; York, 15th March; Durham, 20th March; Manchester, 21st March. Book your free place at: Clinks SFC project.
The latest 'Crime and Policing Policy News Update' from the Home Office has been published. The latest edition includes articles on recent ministerial statements, national strategies, and a new publications area on the Home Office website. Read the update at: Home Office.
An academic team based at Leeds Metropolitan University has been awarded funding to examine peer education and peer support interventions in prisons. The study will be the first of its kind to systematically review the evidence on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of involving prisoners in providing support, delivering health services or giving health messages to other prisoners. For more details visit: Leeds Met.
NOMS are hosting a series of regional events to share plans to launch a major procurement opportunity, funded through ESF technical assistance and designed to support and facilitate the development of consortia of social enterprises and other organisations. This will be an extended process that hopes to help, especially, small and medium sized social enterprises and other organisations to be in a better position to participate in delivering services. Dates and locations include 7th March, Bristol; 13th March, Birmingham; 14th March, Leeds. For more information and to book your place, visit: NOMS.
The Institute of Education at University of London are holding a free seminar [16th March, 2-4pm, HMP Holloway, London] for all teachers and managers of learning working within prisons, practitioners, teacher educators, mentors of trainees. based on the outcomes of the Grundtvig-funded project, Effective Induction for Prison Teachers, the seminar will ask what goes on in European prison education, what do staff teach and how are they trained? The session also aims to present the current Institute of Education project Scoping Good Practice in Prison Education and provides an opportunity for staff to share their views on what constitutes good practice in the areas they work in. To book your place, email IOE.
'Doing the Right Thing - Improving Safeguarding Processes' is an APF seminar [29th March, Bristol, £50] that will examine the issue of safeguarding: looking at what information it is appropriate to share between agencies supporting prisoners' families and how visits staff and family practitioners can address concerns about children, vulnerable adults, and those with learning difficulties. The seminar will include information about how language or cultural barriers can affect safeguarding. It will also consider the specific issues for the families of serious and sex offenders. Details at: APF.
'Youth Resettlement and The Law' is a one day training event [various dates & locations, from £135] designed to provide practitioners who work with 15-18 year old offenders with a comprehensive overview of Children Act legislation, the 1989 Act's Guidance and regulations and how they affect young people remanded or sentenced to custody, particularly those with looked after or leaving care status. Details, dates and bookings at Resettlement UK.
The Network for Black Professionals is holding a special one-day broadcast media masterclass [24th March or 31st March, London, from £200] led by BBC Academy Lead Trainer and Presenter Ian Peacock. The full day workshop will help participants learn how to prepare for and perform well in broadcast media appearances, feel comfortable and confident in radio and TV studios and use verbal, vocal and body-language techniques to optimise their performance. Delegates will come away from the workshop feeling empowered, more confident with radio and TV appearances and equipped with specific skills for getting the best out of media appearances. The price to attend is £300 but Clinks Members can book a place at the reduced price of £200. Details and bookings at: NBP.
Clinks Member People Can Offender Services have released 'Offender Journey Mapping Study', which evaluates the impact of a multi-agency offender management team on reoffending rates. Early indications are that this approach has resulted in a 28% reduction in re-offending across the Bristol area. The unique study examines how everyday issues such as housing, health, disabilities, benefits, employment/training/education and addictions can influence the overall response of the offender to the demands placed upon them by the supervision. Download the study at: People Can.
Homeless Link have provided an update on progress made since they published 'Better Together: Preventing Reoffending and Homelessness' six months ago. The update introduces a series of resources, looks at the reception the report got from influencers, sets out the plans for the work in 2012, and looks at how they are working in partnership to take the work forward. Read the update at: Homeless Link.
The Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) is currently seeking new trustees, who must be committed to ensuring access to justice for prisoners. We are looking for people with either: direct experience of the prison system; communication, business development or income generation skills; or experience of human resources/accountancy. We are also particularly interested in hearing from female and black and minority ethnic applicants. PAS provides free legal advice and representation to prisoners regarding their rights - taking legal action where appropriate, and running both an advice line and outreach services. If you're interested, please contact Hywel Probert.
Are you a restorative justice practitioner? Have you dealt with any cases relating to riots, group street violence and youth group disturbances? Then, be part of an international, groundbreaking research project. IARS are conducting the 'Restoring Communities: Using Restorative Justice with riots & street group violence', an international, research and policy project looking at the potential of restorative justice with riot cases including street group violence, group disturbances and damage. To find out more and get involved, visit: IARS.
The ground floor meeting space at Centre for Crime & Justice Studies' Vauxhall office is available to hire for £30 an hour, for like minded organisations in need of a large open plan spacious area with flexible facilities. Details at: CCJS.
Vacancies posted this week include a Consultant Implementation Manager for St Giles Trust Wales, and a Muslim Community Chaplain / Resettlement Outreach Worker with Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust [HMYOI Feltham]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
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