Clinks staff will be unable to access their emails from today until 9am
Monday, so please ensure any urgent enquiries are made via telephoning the
office - 0207 248 3538.
With the recent consultation on the MoJ's review of probation, it might be
timely for organisations thinking of responding to revisit our response to the
Cabinet Office Green Paper on Modern Commissioning, which anticipated many of
the issues raised by the probation review. Download it at: Clinks Responses.
In return for it's mention in this week's Light Lunch, Clinks has secured
two free places to the Modernising Justice conference [link].
These places are available to small voluntary sector organisations who could
not otherwise afford the delegate fee. If you're a Clinks member [check here] and
would like to attend, please email Joe Gardham.
Does your organisation work in prison? Would you like to learn how to
support and train staff and volunteers working with offenders? If so, Clinks
would like to invite you to attend our popular 'Volunteering in Prison'
training course [25th
June, London, from £110]. This training is aimed at those
responsible for training staff or volunteers. Modules include: How the Prison
Service Works, Working Together, Volunteers and Prisoners, Examining Attitudes
and Values to Crime and Justice, Handling Difficult Situations and Prisoner
Support Services. To book your place, visit: Clinks
Clinks Member Kazuri Properties Ltd, which was started 2 years ago by
ex offender Farah Damji, has been shortlisted in the 'Best specialist provider'
category in the Chartered Institute of Housing UK Housing Awards. Kazuri
deploys the successful Housing First model, tried and tested in the US which is
based on rapid rehousing the hardest to reach. Kazuri Properties has
successfully housed women ex offenders, those leaving supported housing and
domestic violence shelters and has expanded the provision to include families
leaving Local Authorities' housing waiting lists, people on license in the
community and ex-gang members who need to be relocated. Viv Ahmun, a specialist
in community building, Stefan Bobelecki a chief town planner, Aaran Marriner
Clark an environmental specialist, Irfan Urmaji a specialist builder and Bill
Miah, who has run lettings agencies across London for the last ten years have
all joined Kazuri, to form a new enterprise and development entity, bringing
much needed social, human and capital investment to the social housing sector.
For more about Kazuri's Future Building project please see Kazuri.
Ministry of Justice are running two events [22nd May, Manchester & 30th
May, London] on their 'Punishmentand Reform: Effective Community Sentences'and 'Punishmentand Reform: Effective Probation Services' consultations. The purpose of
these wider events is to present and discuss the proposals with a broad range
of groups and individuals working with offenders in the community, including
sentencers, charities, voluntary and private sector service providers,
probation and local criminal justice partners. For full details and bookings,
download the invite from Clinks.
'Proven re-offending quarterly - July 2009 to June 2010' gives proven
re-offending figures for offenders who were released from custody, received a
non-custodial conviction at court, received a caution, reprimand, warning or
tested positive for opiates or cocaine. In the 12 months ending June 2010,
around 670,000 offenders were cautioned, convicted (excluding immediate
custodial sentences) or released from custody. Around 180,000 of these
offenders committed a proven re-offence within a year. This gives a one-year
proven re-offending rate of 26.4 per cent. These re-offenders committed around
500,000 offences of which 79.6 per cent were committed by adults and 20.4 per
cent were committed by juveniles. 53.8 per cent of these offences were
committed by re-offenders with 25 or more previous offences. Download the full
report, trends and statistics at: MoJ.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) wish to commission a suitably qualified and
experienced contractor to undertake a consultation with a range of stakeholders
to assess how well current mechanisms meet demand for generating, accessing and
using evidence on what works to reduce re-offending. The contractor will also
be required to interpret the findings and set out options to the MoJ on what,
if anything, needs to change to strengthen the use of evidence. The successful
contractors will be expected to work with a range of stakeholders from
different backgrounds. MoJ therefore encourage consortia bids between
research/academic organisations and consultancy organisations. Any consortia
bid must state who the lead organisation responsible for liaising with MoJ will
be. The budget for this work is £35,000 and the closing date for bids is 21st
May. Find out more at: BusinessLink.
'Restorative Justice and Sexually Harmful Behaviour: learning from practice
across Europe' is a joint event [26th June, Manchester, £120] between the AIM
project and Restorative Justice Council, that will examine, from local and
European perspectives, the potential for the application of restorative
approaches to cases of sexually harmful behaviour. The day will consist of a
short plenary to outline the issues, a variety of workshops to show how
practice has been taken forward across Europe, and a workshop by The Lucy
Faithfull Foundation for those working in the secure estate to consider how a
restorative approach could contribute to assisting intervention and resettlement
work with the offender and support work with the victim. Details and bookings here.
As one of the 350 delegates at 'Modernising Justice' [14th June, London, £99 VCS]
you will hear from the key decision makers from key criminal justice agencies,
including the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, and Crown Prosecution Service
alongside best practice case studies from innovative constabularies. Delivering
swift and effective justice through efficiency, transparency and working
practice improvement are key government priorities. With technology and ICT
budgets static or shrinking, the criminal justice sector need to find
innovative ways to achieve more with their existing resources to improve
organisational efficiency and sector collaboration. Clinks has secured reduced
rates for all sectors - VCS £99 instead of £149, Public £99 instead of £299,
Private £795 instead of £995. To book at this reduced rate, email Daniel Fogg quoting 'Clinks' and
Circles South East (HTV Circles) are presenting a study of their first ten
years and a showcase of new developments [6th July, London, £70].
Circles South East (HTV Circles) has over over 170 Circle Volunteers working
across Hampshire, Thames Valley and Kent. To date the project has established
100 Circles and has maintained a low reconviction rate with only two core
members convicted of a new sexual offence. This conference will be of
particular interest to all those involved in public protection and the
rehabilitation of men and women with sexual convictions. For details and
bookings, email Anne Holmes.
HMP Exeter will be holding a 'Resettlement Roadshow' [19th July, HMP Exeter, free]
to facilitate the best support, encouragement and advice to help assist prisoners
in preparation for their release. The prisoners that will attend will be coming
up for release in six months or less from the date of the event. Prisoners will
have been prepared for the event by the Offender Supervisors and they will have
a 'Learning Card' to record what they found out on the day ,which will be given
back to them at their discharge board. The organisers hope for VCS
organisations across the pathways to be represented as well as educational a
advice from colleges, employment advice from relevant agencies and financial
advice from local banks. VCS organisations working with the prison are
automatically invited, but Devon Reform has 5 invites for VCS organisations not
currently providing services there. To apply for one of these places email Sarah Carlsen.
Music in Prisons presents an evening of superb and diverse music [5th July, London,
from £10]. First up is 'Beyond This', a stunning testimony to the
hidden creative potential within our prisons, comprised of four-movements,
encompassing choral, contemporary, rap and pop influences, running a gauntlet
of emotion as the prisoner-performers contemplate on life "beyond these
walls". Next is the launch of Sounding Out, Music in Prison's pilot
"through the gate" programme working with ex-prisoners; a
newly-formed band will perform an exciting set of original music. The evening
will end with a serious swing as the fabulous globe-trotting Neil Cowley Trio
take to the stage. Details and tickets at: Music in Prisons
'Stop Search' is a new play [throughout May, Broadway Theatre, Catford, from £11] which
looks with an unflinching gaze at the tense drama young people must play out in
the public space. This is a hard-hitting story about the impact of police Stop
and Search powers. It's all over the news, but how does it feel to be right in
the thick of it? Two happy families are thrown together by celebration and
disaster. Parents... black parents, white parents... want to see their children
thrive, grow up and live the good life. Tonight Dianne and Ivan discover how
little they understand of son Callie's journey into the adult world. Ann and
Mick must also learn that their hard work and public service are not enough to
protect their family. Details and bookings at: BroadwayTheatre.
'More than just a prisoner' is a new short film by Prisoner's Education
Trust. They are inviting readers to a screening [6pm, 23rd May, London, £5 suggested
donation] followed by a unique panel discussion from the real
experts, ex-prisoners themselves, which will include Dr. Andreas Aresti, an
expert on desistance and learning, who founded the 'British Convict
Criminologists'. 'More than just a prisoner' follows the stories of prisoners
and ex-prisoners who explain how learning in prison and after release helped
them shape 'pro-social' identities and desist from crime. Some of those
featured in the film will be on the discussion panel. Book your place now at: PET.
'Delivering Justice: The role of the public, private and voluntary sectors
in prisons and probation' is a new collection of essays, published by Criminal
Justice Alliance (CJA). Introduced and edited by Vicki Helyar-Cardwell,
Director of CJA, well-known contributors talk about competition and
privatisation of criminal justice. Vicki concludes: "After 20 years of
private prisons in the UK, the evidence on whether it has improved or worsened
prison performance remains mixed and contested. The running of prisons by
private companies, in particular, has resulted in years of heated
debate. Furthermore, the ethical questions regarding the role of various
sectors across the wider justice system remain controversial; the debate about
the future of probation services and who runs offender management in the
community is only just beginning in earnest. The outcome of the probation
review could be a 'game changer' in this sense, transforming the offender
management landscape considerably for years to come." Download the paper
Studio 3 Arts is currently touring 'Do Not Pop', a theatre-based exploration
of youth violence and collective responsibility. Do Not Pop is an invaluable
resource in meaningful engagement with young people at risk of exclusion, NEET
young people, young offenders or young people at risk of offending. It is
delivered as a 25-minute play, delivered by 6 professional actors aged 18-24,
with a follow-up workshop immediately afterwards, led by an expert youth work
practitioner. Full details at: Do Not Pop.
Would you like to contribute to practice and policy debates about women
offenders by undertaking your own pioneering research? The Griffins Society
researches and promotes effective practice in working with women who are in
prison or subject to criminal justice interventions in the community. Their
Visiting Research Fellowship Programme is now open to application, and offers a
unique opportunity for you to explore your own interests or concerns about the
treatment of women in the criminal justice system. Candidates must have
inquiring minds, but previous research experience is not necessary as the
Programme supervisors provide comprehensive supervision and support. The
deadline for applications is 12pm, Friday 8th June at: The Griffins Society.
IARS is seeking inspiring, progressive and committed individuals to join its
board of Trustees in ensuring that IARS' governance, policy and strategic
direction are of the highest possible standard. Young people and professionals
with academic, research, fundraising, finance background are encouraged to
apply. For more info and details on how to apply visit IARS.
100 prisons are being invited to come up with inventive ways of using
children's poems and rhymes in activities that can take place during prison
visits or special prison-based 'family days', as an innovative approach to
supporting children whose parents have been sent to prison and reducing the
risk of re-offending. Booktrust are providing prison staff involved in the
'Rhyme Challenge' with a free pack of resources to help develop their ideas.
There will be seven lots of top prizes awarded to the prisons who use the packs
in the most creative and engaging ways, although every prison that takes part
in the Rhyme Challenge will receive a small collection of children's books for
use in special 'family visits'. Find out more at: Booktrust.
Vacancies posted this week include a Project Manager at Foundation
Yorkshire], an Admin & Finance Worker for Women in Prison
full-time and part-time Key Workers for Together Women Project [Bradford],
and a Head of Supporter Relations with Pact [London]. View these and other CJS
vacancies at: Clinks Members' vacancies.