Clinks received a letter this week from the Ministry of Justice, which
explained the four criminal justice payment by results pilots were to be put on
hold while they consider "the strategic direction for the use of PbR as
part of the overall reform of probation and the wider system." Clive
Martin, Director of Clinks, has written a blog for Third Sector magazine, that
asks 'what should the Voluntary and Community Sector make of this pause?'. Read
Clive's blog and the MoJ letter on the ClinksNetwork.
Clinks, as part of a coalition of VCS organisations that represent the
interests of women service users, will be hosting a major event [10th December,
London, from £40] to debate what the future of women's criminal
justice services should look like. The recent publication, 'Breaking theCycle of Women's Offending: A System Re-Design', proposed a radical
transformation to stem the tide of women and girls entering the Criminal
Justice System. December 10th offers an opportunity for you to
debate those proposals. More details will be available shortly, but to express
an initial interest in attending, please e-mail Chris Leeson.
Katie O'Donoghue, Clinks Policy Officer, was at the Conservative Party
conference this week, and heard Justice Secretary Chris Grayling speak.
Grayling reiterated his desire to be a 'tough' Justice Secretary and stressed
that the Government would focus on tackling high reoffending rates among those
leaving prison. Whilst he did not mention the VCS or the forthcoming changes to
Probation services in any great detail, he did announce several new initiatives,
including: a punitive element in every community order; an automatic life
sentence for offenders who commit two sexual or violent offences; and the
appointment of a new Victims' Commissioner. Grayling also indicated that he
would support more large scale Payment by Results contracts in the justice
system, which would allow private and voluntary sector providers to explore
innovative approaches. The full transcript of the Justice Minister's speech is
Work this Way provide training, work experience, employment
opportunities and support to prisoners approaching the end of their sentence.
Their goals are to improve offenders' employability, help offenders into
employment and reduce the risk of their re-offending. Work this Way has
been chosen as a joint winner of this year's ESF Sustainable Development
Specialist Project award. The awarding panel were particularly impressed by the
clear progression route to employment that the project offers to offenders;
very clear focus on results and outcomes - for participants and the
environment; and the use of recognised qualifications. The award ceremony will
be held on 15 November at the Birmingham NEC as part of the UK Skills Event.
Find out more about their work at: Workthis Way.
Home Secretary, Teresa May, has announced that victims of anti-social
behaviour will be encouraged to choose from a 'menu of punishments' for their
offender, which would include restorative justice, under a new 'community
remedy' power. Lizzie Nelson, Director of Restorative Justice Council
responded: "The RJC welcomes any initiative which gives victims access to
high quality restorative justice. We...would hope that wherever possible the
'community remedy' should be the outcome of a restorative process, delivered by
a trained and accredited restorative justice facilitator working to national
restorative justice standards. This will help ensure the process is safe, that
both victim and offender are fully engaged and that offenders don't just say
sorry but fully understand the impact of their behaviour and make amends."
Find out more at: RJC.
In the latest of Russell Webster's series of short video interviews on
payment by results, Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns at the Howard
League for Penal Reform, gives his views on payment by results in the
Criminal Justice System. Andrew welcomes the focus on outcomes that PbR brings,
but cautions that the road to desistance from crime can be slow and that a
simple binary measure of re-offending (a simple Yes/No recording of whether
someone has been reconvicted in the year following an intervention) may be inappropriate.
Watch the 8 minute video on: youtube.
West Yorkshire Probation Trust (WYPT) is inviting organisations to tender
for the delivery of Peer Mentoring/Volunteer Services across West Yorkshire, York and North
Yorkshire and Humberside Trust areas. WYPT is a prime contractor
for the Ministry of Justice, in the delivery of the Step Change project which
aims to improve employment prospects for offenders by engaging and supporting
people into work and further learning. WYPT is looking for a Service Provider
to: Deliver accredited peer mentoring training and peer volunteer training to
offenders; Co-ordinate and support cohorts of peer mentors/volunteers to
deliver peer mentoring services to other offenders; Develop a cohort to assist
and enhance the delivery of Employment, Training and Education (ETE) provision.
To request a tender pack please email Vicky Todd or
call 03000 487143 by 26th October 2012.
A new pilot fund has been launched by Sport England with funding from the
National Lottery. Awards of between £30,001 and £500,000 are available to fund
sports projects that can best contribute to improving health while also growing
weekly sports participation. Sport England is focusing this funding on those
who are least active, and expect applications to come from collaborations
between deliverers and academic organisations. The deadline for Expression of
Interest forms is 26 October 2012 for projects that start in April 2013. Full
details at: SportEngland.
Film London's Community Pilot Fund (CPF) supports film exhibition activity
in London, and is specifically aimed at supporting innovative grassroots film
exhibition, education and archive activity. The Fund offers fixed grants of
£3,000 for projects that can be completed by 31st July 2013. The deadline for
applications is 7th November 2012 at: FilmLondon.
The Marsh Christian award for Voluntary Work With Prisoners' Families is
given annually to recognise the work of groups of volunteers/ a volunteer who
have contributed, added value, made a difference and been an inspiration. The
award of £1,000 is made at the Action for Prisoners' Families annual
meeting in December. All Action for Prisoners' Families members are welcome to
nominate an individual / individuals for the award. Nominees can be drawn from
the voluntary, community, social enterprise, or private sectors. The closing
date for nominations is 1st November. Full details at: APF.
There's a great line up of events, performances, debates and discussions at Southbank Centre
as part of Koestler Trust's 50th anniversary celebrations. See the full
list of events, and details of how to book, at: KoestlerTrust.
Caring for ex-offenders are welcoming the new Secretary of State for
Justice, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, as the keynote speaker for their Prison
Ministry Conference [19th
October, London SW7, £35 (£30 group rate)]. Also speaking will be
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, who was formerly Chair
of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The conference will be of
great significance for anyone working or volunteering in prisons, Young
Offender Institutions or with ex-offenders - particularly those in the UK. It
is a day for you to be encouraged and equipped, and to encounter inspiring
stories of the transformation we see in our communities. For more information
and to register, visit: Caringfor ex-offenders.
Kazuri will publish its submission
to the Justice Committee's call for evidence into women in the criminal justice
system at an event hosted by Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green at the House of Lords on 14 November 2012.
Their submission asks for the establishment of a Women's Justice Task Force,
and is co-authored by Imran Khan, Flo Krause, Julia Gibby and Farah Damji. For
information regarding attendance at the event, please email JanelSelby.
'Tendering for Services' | sitra | 25th & 26th October, Southampton, from £178 | link
'HEART Practitioner's Emerging Good Practice Symposium' | Coreplan UK | 19th October and 31st October, Lambeth & Lewisham, free | link
'Collaboration Event' |
Cymorth Cymru | 23rd October, from
£102 | link
TRAINING: risk management for criminal justice organisations
'Risk is a Risky Business' is a one day training session [3rd
December, Cambridge, from £75] by Marshall Phoenix for
organisations working with offenders. This event will examine risk, its
management, and how to use OASys. For further details email Jackie Westrop or call 07909 356047.
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) has published a
range of new information illustrating the huge impact that treatment for drug
addiction has made in recent years. The figures - which include the 2011-12
annual statistics for adults in drug treatment in England - confirm the
substantial benefits and value for money that treatment has delivered for
individuals, communities and society. Record numbers of drug addicts in England
are recovering from drug addiction. Around 30,000 successfully completed
treatment last year, almost a three-fold increase from seven years ago.
Meanwhile the number of young adults needing treatment for heroin and crack
addiction has plummeted to its lowest recorded level and the existing heroin
using population is ageing. The number of new heroin addicts has sharply
reduced. For full details, read the press notice at: NTA.
'Over the Limit: The Truth about Families and Alcohol' is a new report from
4Children, that highlights the stark impact of drinking in family crisis and
demands better support and information for families to turn around their dependency
and prevent chronic problems from taking root. The report warns that too many
parents remain oblivious to the negative effects that alcohol can have on their
parenting; an alarming 19% believe alcohol has a positive effect on their
parenting ability and 62% of parents say that their drinking behaviour has no
impact on their family at all. 4Children are calling for a series of wide
ranging reforms including a commitment from the alcohol industry to recognise
their responsibility to the wellbeing of consumers by diverting 1% of revenue
to fund a new alcohol awareness campaign aimed at families. Read the report at:
Southbank Mosaics have published 'Mosaic Artisans', an ebook about
their achievements working with young people in trouble with the police,
installing over 200 permanent art installations into public spaces in the
Southbank. The book has over 100 illustrations and is a manifesto calling for
the transformation of public urban spaces, the creation of 3,000 new jobs to
'make my neighbourhood more attractive' and to work on two major projects :
design out road works from streets and design out unemployment for young people.
Download a free chapter and the whole book (£4.99) at: Southbank Mosaics.
The October edition of Insider Access has been published, and includes:
Things to do in October; Films, Books and Concert Listings; London Calling;
Exploring Shakespeare; The Power to Dream; A Winter Flu Remedy; A look at Car
Emissions and Environmental Challenges; USA Election Time. View the latest
edition at: InsiderAccess.
Stopwatch has produced a slideshow explaining everything you need to know
about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Narrated by Professor Ben
Bowling, of Kings College London the slide show looks at what PCCs mean for
Black and Minority Ethnic people in the UK? What can they do about biased and
unjust policing? And, why should people take an interest in the elections? Please
watch and share at: youtube.
The Charity Commission has updated 'Finding new trustees - what charities
need to know'. This guidance answers some of the more common questions
charities ask about how to recruit, select, appoint and induct trustees. It
also sets out a framework for the recruitment process. Download it at: CharityCommission.
Voluntary Arts has produced a toolkit to support small and medium-sized arts
groups who struggle to improve the support they offer volunteers. The toolkit
includes: ideas, suggestions and recommendations; a range of checklists for
those new to working with volunteers; a range of case studies to celebrate what
is already happening across the sector; links to further information. The
toolkit has been written by Voluntary Arts and Volunteering England and uses a
wide range of best-practice quality assurance processes and procedures,
including those that underpin Investors in Volunteers. Download it at: VoluntaryArts.
Youth Justice Board (YJB) have announced the launch of their 'Effective
Practice Library', which provides youth justice practitioners and commissioners
with easy access to examples of effective practice gathered from across the
youth justice system nationally and internationally. The library currently
features 69 entries, with many including practical tools and resources that can
be easily downloaded and used in practice. Find out more at: YJB.
Vacancies posted recently include a Mentor for Offenders
with PLIAS Resettlement [London], a Recovery Worker at CRI
a Peer Support Coordinator at User Voice [London], a Finance & Grants Manager
for IARS [London],
and a Support Assistant for Foundation [Leeds]. View these and other CJS
vacancies at: ClinksMembers' vacancies.
TIP OF THE WEEK I:
MadeGood.org, a free online bike repair resource, have been doing step-by-step
video blogs this week, showing you how to do repairs and maintenance on your
TIP OF THE WEEK II: Catch family favourite
"Scrooge - The Musical" at London Palladium for £30 per ticket -
over 50% off the regular price. Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK III:
Indulge in a spa day at the 5-star Raithwaite Hall (near Whitby) with afternoon tea for