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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 257

CLINKS NOTICE: Clinks email down on Friday 11th May

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.

CLINKS RESPONSE: Modern Commissioning

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.

CLINKS MEMBER'S OFFER: free places at national Modernising Justice conference

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.

CLINKS TRAINING: volunteering in prison

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 Training.

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: member shortlisted for prestigious award

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.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: consultation events

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.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: re-offending rates and trends

'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.

COMMISSIONING: what works to reduce reoffending

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.

EVENT: applying restorative justice approaches to cases of sexually harmful behaviour

'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.

EVENT: innovation and technology in criminal justice

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 code '0161-211-3043'.

EVENT: Circles South East celebrate their 10th anniversary

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.

EVENT: resettlement roadshow at HMP Exeter

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.

PERFORMANCE: an evening of music by ex-prisoners

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

PERFORMANCE: award-winning play by former prisoner

'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.

PERFORMANCE: short film screening on desistance and learning

'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.

PUBLICATION: competition and privatisation in the CJS

'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 at: CJA.

RESOURCE: engaging hard to reach young people

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.

OPPORTUNITY: Research Fellowship on the treatment of women offenders

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.

OPPORTUNITY: trustees required for youth justice think tank

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.

OPPORTUNITY: prison staff needed for family visit competition

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 [Richmond, North Yorkshire], an Admin & Finance Worker for Women in Prison [London], 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.



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