There will be no Clinks Light Lunch on Friday 23rd March, Friday 6th April, or Friday 13th April. If you want to advertise via the Light Lunch network, please ensure you submit content by 28th March for the pre-Easter edition, or 18th April for the post-Easter edition.
We will upload the latest version of Light Lunch to the website each Friday, to coincide with circulation. You can access it at: Clinks Light Lunch.
Home Office Research Report 59 summarises the findings from an independent evaluation by the Hallam Centre for Community Justice of 'Building Voluntary and Community Sector Involvement in Integrated Offender Management (IOM)'. This was a VCS-led programme, managed by Clinks, which enabled local VCS organisations in four areas to build effective strategic and operational links with statutory partners involved in local IOM arrangements. The initiative clearly demonstrated the added value of VCS involvement in IOM, although a number of challenges were identified including setting up information sharing agreements and managing risk appropriately. National and local brokerage organisations were perceived to have played a critical role in delivering the programme. Download the summary and report at Clinks.
Clinks are looking to recruit a Development Manager for the Arts Alliance, the national network for arts organisations that work in the Criminal Justice System. We are looking for a flexible, experienced person to work jointly with a range of organisations to promote arts-based work with offenders, especially to improve policies, evidence, best practice and inter-agency communication. The position will report to the Steering Group of the Arts Alliance. For more information and full job specification, visit: Clinks.
Clinks is conducting a short survey for VCS organisations working in prisons. We want to better understand formal working arrangements, how projects link with prison staff and the effects of cuts. This survey will help give a picture of the current situation of the VCS working in prisons. Deadline is 31st March 2012, have your say here.
'Leadership in interesting times' is Clinks' second Leadership Seminar [23rd March, 11am-2pm, Leeds, £20] exclusive to our members. These are difficult times for those heading up VCS organisations, but just what is leadership and what does leading entail? How can different styles of leadership affect the outcomes for your organisation? How do you engage, influence and empower your staff and those you do business with? Susanne Rauprich (NCVYS) and Tim Robertson (Koestler Trust) will explore these and other issues in the second of the Clinks Leadership Seminar Series aimed at senior managers, newly appointed CEOs and those with an interest in learning more about leadership issues in the Voluntary and Community Sector. Book your place at: Clinks Events.
New research from Clinks indicates that national and local government cuts have resulted in a decrease in the quantity and quality of the services on which the most vulnerable depend. In the past, the charities and not-for-profits organisations have provided a safety net for those whose needs are not met by the public sector. But with large cuts to the public sector services coinciding with cuts to the not-for-profit sector, some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable are falling through the gaps. Eighty percent of organisations which responded to a Clinks survey are struggling to cope with a decrease in income, while simultaneously experiencing increasing demand both in terms of quantity and complexity. Read the full press release at: Clinks.
Action for Prisoners' Families, the national membership organisation for work with prisoners' and offenders' children and families, has announced that its new Chair will be journalist Mary Riddell. Currently Assistant Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Riddell writes columns and article on social policy, criminal justice, and other issues for the paper as well as carrying out regular political interviews. Outside of journalism Riddell sits on a range of advisory boards, including the Demos/NatCen poverty study and Out of Trouble, set up by the Prison Reform Trust to look at better treatment for children and young people in the Criminal Justice System. Read the full press release at: APF.
A message from Helen Judge, Director, Sentencing and Rehabilitation: "I remain the lead director on VCS and reoffending. And I remain committed to ensuring that all my teams have an understanding of the contribution that VCS partners can make to delivering key outcomes. We maintain a small team that is the main point of contact for VCS matters. Shena Clarke, who has been that main point of contact for the last few months, will now be leading full time on women offenders' policy. Shena is in the process of handing over the VCS portfolio to a new member of the team, George Barrow. George, working with Janet Edden, will be reporting to John Hall, my deputy director leading on reducing reoffending. George, who has a background in the probation service and NOMS and a long track record of working on criminal justice issues, will be getting in touch with VCS contacts to ensure a smooth handover. Please do not hesitate to contact George or Janet, if that would be useful."
The eleventh report of the Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) was published this week. The report makes recommendations on the pay of Governing Governors and other operational managers, Prison Officers and related support grades in England and Wales in 2012/13. Key recommendations include: a consolidated increase of £250 to all pay points at, or below £21,000; endorsement of the introduction of the new Bands 2 and 3 under 'Fair and Sustainable' for new external Prison Officer and OSG entrants and existing Prison Officer 2 and OSG staff opting in; and all other allowances and payments to be frozen. Read the press release at: MoJ.
The government is launching a major overhaul of the employment support prisoners receive when they leave jail. Everyone leaving prison and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance benefits will be immediately referred on day one to the government's work programme, where they will receive specialist support to get them into employment as quickly as possible. Additionally Jobcentre Plus staff will now process benefit claims in prison streamlining the benefits process, making immediate mandation to the work programme possible. Read the full press release at: MoJ.
Hampshire County Council are advertising for the provision of an integrated substance misuse treatment service at HMP Winchester. The service will provide specialist substance misuse treatment to inmates of HMP Winchester presenting with alcohol or drug misuse issues. In accordance with government policy, the service will deliver a recovery-focussed model with the aims of achieving sustained abstinence from substance misuse and, through close working with other prison-based programmes, actively enhancing the individual's social, physical, cultural and human capital in order to achieve long-term reductions in offending behaviours, improved health and social functioning and increased employment potential. The deadline for applications is 8th April at: Business Link.
'The Third Sector in Criminal Justice' is the sixth seminar in an ESRC Series [14th June, University of Leeds, free]. Little evidence exists to support the ability of the third sector to provide effective criminal justice services, and the expansion of VCS involvement in core services presents a range of challenges as well as legal, ethical and ideological concerns about the Sector taking on quasi-punitive and formal enforcement roles and their compatibility with service provision and campaigning objectives. This Seminar brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to critically explore VCS involvement in the criminal justice system and consider how it might develop in the future. Details and bookings at: University of Leeds.
'Women in the frame' is a WomenCentre conference [10th May, Manchester, £65] that will bring together a range of organisations and champions to examine and develop the potential and value that women centres and organisations have at a local level to enhance the public service and community offer. The day will include presentations from national women's champions, social transformation leads and local commissioners followed by themed workshops. Delegates are invited to stay after 2pm for focus group sessions with action orientated themes. To book your place, email Stella Dower.
Following the last successful meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Victims and Witnesses of Crime, the group are inviting interested parties to attend the next meeting [21st March, House of Commons, free]. The meeting will focus on the Ministry of Justice 'Getting it right for victims and witnesses' consultation document. The consultation covers a wide range of proposals affecting victims and witnesses including: changes to the commissioning of victims' services; changes to victims' statutory rights under the victims' code; and compensation reforms. They hope this meeting will provide the opportunity for parliamentarians and criminal justice stakeholders to discuss these proposals in detail, in preparation for the end of the consultation period on 22 April 2012. Speakers include MP Crispin Blunt and Javed Khan, CEO of Victim Support. RSVP to Amy Forbes.
'Can Human Beings Flourish in Prison?' is a public lecture by Professor Alison Liebling for the Prison Phoenix Trust [29th May, 7pm, London, free] which introduces her research conceptualising and comparing the moral, social and relational climate of prisons in England and Wales. In her various studies, she has found that some prisons are more 'survivable' than others, and that prisoners describe a feeling of 'personal development' only in a few, high quality prisons, with very specific conditions and climates. She will ask: What contributes to that feeling of personal development? Should more prisons be aiming to bring about a climate of personal development? If so, how might they do that? Can yoga and meditation play a role in creating such a climate? To attend, email the names of those attending, your phone number and postal address to Jason Doble.
Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) is a global qualification that encourages and accredits people interested in setting up a social enterprise. Train the trainer courses are now available in the West Midlands [£150], which will provide you with a license to teach bronze and silver awards to learners. The bronze level involves researching enterprises and social issues and developing a single enterprise activity to raise money for a social need of your choice. The silver level includes learners carrying out a number of tasks such as market research, analysing the strengths and weaknesses of their enterprise activity and generating cash flow. To discuss details, dates and locations, contact Wesley King.
'Hidden Sentence' is an Action for Prisoner's Families training course [24th April, HMP Birmingham, free] for professionals who work with prisoners' and offenders' families. The course is for qualified or suitably experienced trainers, and supports trainers to deliver the Hidden Sentence training. The training will allow you to acquire knowledge of the context of the CJS and how imprisonment affects prisoners' families and children; analyse how best to apply effective strategies and use appropriate resources to ensure effective learning; and address your own and others' individual prejudices, problems, issues that may emerge during the training. To book onto this course, email Suzi Moore.
'Crowded Out? The impact of prison overcrowding on rehabilitation' is a new report from Criminal Justice Alliance, that provides evidence of the corrosive impact of prison overcrowding on the work of charities and organisations in prisons who provide rehabilitation in custody and through the gate services on release. Download it at: CJA.
ART SAVES LIVES are running its very own film course. It starts on 11th April at the world famous Goldsmiths College [London] courtesy of the Open Book Project. It's free of charge, and enrolment is easy; If you're 18 or over and you feel marginalised for whatever reason then you qualify for this ground breaking course. Full details and bookings at: ART SAVES LIVES.
Every year over 20,000 people enter immigration detention in the UK. They can be held in one of 11 immigration removal centres, as well as in prisons or short term holding centres. Many detainees are asylum seekers whose claims have been refused, and are isolated, frightened and anxious about what will happen next. The 'AVID Handbook for Visitors' is a complete guide to immigration detention in the UK and will therefore be a useful resource for all volunteers and anyone interested in immigration detention or providing support to this vulnerable group. Costing £10, you can get your copy at: It contains information on an extensive range of issues including: asylum law and policy; current detention policy and practice in the UK; legal and medical issues in detention; supporting detainees; how to get out of detention and much more. Download the flyer at: AVID.
Vacancies posted this week include a Senior Head of Programmes at User Voice [London], 2 x Prison Resettlement Workers for DePaul UK [HMP/YOI Rochester], and artists required to work on women's project for Thames Valley Partnership [London]. View these and other CJS vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I: Get 2for1 pints of Guinness at over 200 pubs around London today (16th March). Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK II: From Wednesday 14 March East Coast's offering First Class rail tickets for £25 each way across its network. Routes include Glasgow and Edinburgh to London. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK III: A steak dinner for two with side dishes and champagne cocktails in Mayfair for £29. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Stay at the Bristol Hotel on Bristol's Floating Harbour for £99 per room, includes room upgrade, breakfast, champagne and chocolates, and late checkout. Details.