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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 275

CLINKS NEWS: we respond to the recent payment by results announcements

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 EVENT: the future of women's criminal justice services

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.



CLINKS NEWS: we report back from the Conservative Party conference

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 at:



CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: offender employment charity scoops award

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.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: victims to choose punishments

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.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Howard League say binary measures of reoffending may be inappropriate

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.



COMMISSIONING: peer mentoring offenders into employment

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.



FUNDING: getting inactive people into sport

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.



FUNDING: supporting film exhibition activity in London

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.



AWARD: for work with prisoners' families

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.



EVENT: various arts and prisons events

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.



EVENT: for practitioners working to reduce reoffending

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.



EVENT: establishing a Women's Justice Task Force

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.



EVENT: non-Member events

  • '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.



PUBLICATION: drug treatment statistics show huge impact being made

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.



PUBLICATION: the effects of alcohol on families

'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: 4Children.



PUBLICATION: art installations in public spaces

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.



PUBLICATION: latest Insider Access published

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.



RESOURCE: what do PCCs mean for BAME communities?

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.



RESOURCE: guide to finding new trustees

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.



RESOURCE: to support art groups to work with volunteers

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.



RESOURCE: evidencing effective practice in the youth justice system

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 [Eastbourne], 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:, 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 bicycle. Details.


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 £39. Details.



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