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Clinks Light Lunch Issue 194

IN YOUR WEEKLY LIGHT LUNCH…

 

CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPER: payment by results

CLINKS EVENT: meet the commissioners

CLINKS TWEETS: from the Conservative Party Conference

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: update on Green Paper

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: monitoring our prisons

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: tough community sentences and prison contracting

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Labour leader’s speech

FUNDING: to take forward Lord Bradley’s recommendations

FUNDING: for capital expenditure

EXHIBITION: art by offenders

EVENT: reducing reoffending forum

EVENT: misunderstood youth

PUBLICATION: offender mental health

PUBLICATION: drugs in prison

BLOG: the impact on prisons of reorganising the NHS

OPPORTUNITY: getting the facts right

OPPORTUNITY: become a trustee and support prisoners’ families

RESOURCE: prepare for commissioning

CAMPAIGN: to end violence against women

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

TIPS OF THE WEEK

EXTRA Information

 

 

 

CLINKS DISCUSSION PAPER: payment by results

‘Payment by results’ has been presented as the dominant financial mechanism for delivering the Coalition’s criminal justice reform package. So far, it is unclear at what level payment by results will operate, and how it will affect commissioning and procurement. For the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) working with offenders, payment by results poses both an opportunity and a risk. Our latest briefing starts by providing some definitions of payment by results and examples of past and present practice, then raises some questions that will be particularly pertinent to small and medium sized VCS organisations. Download it at Clinks Discussion Papers

 

 

CLINKS EVENT: meet the commissioners

'Commissioning under the Coalition' is a NOMS East of England event [2nd November, Stradishall, Suffolk], supported by Clinks, that will provide an opportunity for both the VCS to meet the regional commissioner and explore the challenges of designing and delivering innovative services together. The East of England Director of Offender Management and Clinks Director, Clive Martin, will be hosting the day, which will include workshops on Black and Minority Ethnic Offenders; Women Offenders; Reducing Reoffending through the Arts; and Transition to Adulthood in Criminal Justice. For details and bookings, email Lisa McBride

 

 

CLINKS TWEETS: from the Conservative Party Conference

Nathan and Lesley were at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, and reported back through Twitter. Of particular interest was Ken Clarke’s wake up call to VCS providers, when he said if you develop a scheme that works, the Government will pay you... if and when it works. But if services cannot show an outcome, they will "simply fade away". Also on payment by results, he indicated more Social Impact Bond pilots would be launched in the New Year. You can read his full speech here, and follow us on Twitter here

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: update on Green Paper

Light Lunch understands that the Rehabilitation Revolution green paper, originally due to be published in the Autumn, is now likely to be published early December. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: monitoring our prisons

'Communications Matters is a speech by Dr Peter Selby to the Prison Independent Monitoring Boards 2010 conference. It talks about the need for the monitors to be able to speak effectively to the people who can change and improve our prisons - ministers, NOMS, and governors. Dr. Selby states the only way in which to reduce criminal activity and enable people to readjust their lives to something constructive is to ensure that they see in those with whom they are in contact while in custody real examples of respect and fairness. Download the full speech at: IMB

 

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: tough community sentences and prison contracting

Napo has said that the Ministry of Justice wants ex-soldiers to be recruited to work for private sector companies running Community Payback. This would toughen up the image of community punishments and save money, as former servicemen would be able to work for the minimum wage as they already receive an army pension. However, a Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We have no plans to recruit ex-military personnel to supervise offenders on Community Payback work." Napo has also said that 10 existing prisons will be market tested for each of the next five years with a view to contracting them out to the private sector. Ministers believe that the move would save £100m in the first year. For the full story, click here. [Source: CJA]

 

 

GOVERNMENT NEWS: new Labour leader’s speech

As most readers will be aware, Ed Milliband became the new leader of the Labour Party last weekend. In his first speech ‘A New Generation’ he speaks out in support of Ken Clarke’s proposed reform of the Criminal Justice System. Read his speech at: Labour

 

 

FUNDING: to take forward Lord Bradley’s recommendations

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has launched its latest issue-based funding to support work that is improving the life choices and chances of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. The funding is open to registered charities, working alongside statutory services and the Foundation is specifically interested in applications that are new or innovative and pushes existing ‘boundaries’; will extend or replicate an existing and proven model of working; will improve joined-up working with statutory agencies to deliver better services. All Expressions of Interest will need to be received at the Foundation’s London office by 5pm on Wednesday 3 November, 2010. Find out more and express an interest at: Lloyds TSB Foundation

 

 

FUNDING: for capital expenditure

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) is for start up or existing social enterprises working in health and/or social care service delivery. Capital grants of between £50,000 to £450,000 are available until 1st November 2010, to organisations delivering health and/or social care services in order to help them meet all or part of the costs of tangible resources and capital expenditure. Details at: The Social Investment Business

 

 

EXHIBITION: art by offenders

Those of you that came to last week's Arts Alliance event will hopefully have got to see the brilliant new Koestler Trust exhibition of art by offenders, uniquely curated this year by victims of crime from London. This is the Koestler Trust's 49th annual exhibition of art by offenders, with exhibits chosen from the 5,619 entries from secure establishments across the UK, as well as probation and youth offending services and British prisoners abroad. The exhibition runs daily 10am-11pm until 14 November at Southbank Centre, London and admission is free. Details and directions at: Southbank Centre

 

 

EVENT: reducing reoffending forum

The London Borough of Camden are holding a Reducing Re-offending/Reducing Victimisation Forum [9th November, London Irish Centre, free] that will focus on problem solving Camden's main crime issues. Invited organisations will discuss the ways in which they contribute to crime/offending/victimisation reduction and what evidence they have of their work. It is an opportunity to share examples of good practice and to establish a very local perspective on trends and concerns as well as develop a local compact to reduce crime and victimisation by providing interventions alongside enforcement actions (where appropriate) to offenders. To book your place, email Jessica Dain

 

 

EVENT: misunderstood youth

The Fear Factory coalition are holding a one off documentary screening [15th October, London, free] exploring how disproportionate fear of crime, and notably a fear of young people, has been manufactured by the media and politicians, who for decades have played the “law and order arms race”. The film centres around five young people who offer up the stories of their lives and how they see their futures developing, a trailer is available here. To book your place, email your name, job title and who you work for to Christina Ponan

 

 

PUBLICATION: offender mental health

'Prison Mental Health: Vision and Reality' is a new report from Centre for Mental Health, which states prisoners have dramatically higher rates of mental health problems compared to the general population. The publication aims to examine what has been achieved in prison mental health over recent years from a number of different personal perspectives and individual observations of working in England. It looks at the specific achievements of inreach teams and of efforts to divert offenders from custody. It also looks more broadly at the rapid growth of the prison population during the same period and the treatment of offenders with mental health problems outside as well as inside prison. Free to download at: Centre for Mental Health

 

 

PUBLICATION: drugs in prison

A report by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, chair of the independent Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group, on drug treatment and interventions in prison has been published and has been submitted to Ministers in the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health in response to the drug strategy consultation. The report focuses on drug treatment and interventions for people in prison, people moving between prisons and the continuity of care for people on release from prison. The report outlines the evidence gathered and work carried out by the Review Group and summarises their conclusions and recommendations. Download at: Department of Health

 

 

BLOG: the impact on prisons of reorganising the NHS

Frances Crook's recent blog takes a look at the impact of Andrew Lansley's NHS shake-up, and how it will affect those in prison. Frances warns "there are serious gaps in the plans that could have far-reaching implications for funding, individual health and crime rates." Her fear is that some of the most expensive people, people with serious mental health and addiction problems, will be left out the loop when new structures are formed, and there seems to be a serious lack of consultation with service delivery agencies. Read the article at: Howard League for Penal Reform

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: getting the facts right

There are numerous myths, half truths and some downright lies that surround popular understandings about criminal justice. The March 2011 issue of ‘cjm’ will seek to draw together a series of that debunk, and explain common misunderstandings. Tell the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies what you would like to see covered, or if you have a suggestion for an article that you would like to write, then send a proposal to Rebecca Roberts by 15th October.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: become a trustee and support prisoners’ families

Action for Prisoners Families are looking for a trustee to support the strategic direction of the organisation. Trustees should be able to attend four board meetings a year, as well as the annual general meeting and any extraordinary general meetings. Meetings are usually held on afternoons, in London. For more information, contact Sophie Moorcock by October 11th.

 

 

RESOURCE: prepare for commissioning

The NAVCA Tender Support Project provides one-to-one support to help prepare voluntary and community organisations for contracting or producing a good quality tender submission. The project offers 8 hours consultancy for £50. Find out more at NAVCA

 

 

CAMPAIGN: to end violence against women

Women from all over the North West will join a women-only march through central Manchester on Sunday - 10.10.10, marking the anniversary of the first ever suffragettes meeting more than 100 years ago. Women and children protestors will meet at 2.30pm at Castlefield Arena following a route through the city centre and gather at 4pm for a rally at Piccadilly Gardens. More details at: http://www.millionwomenrise.com/

 

 

CLINKS MEMBERS VACANCIES

Kainos Community is seeking a Programme Manager to manage their rehabilitative community based at HMP Stocken, Rutland. Details at Clinks

 

 

 

 

TIPS OF THE WEEK…

 

TIP OF THE WEEK I: British Gas is currently offering customers who are home owners aged over 60 free cavity wall insulation plus fitting. Call 0800 068 0032 before Sun 31 Oct to arrange for survey to be carried out at a convenient time.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK II: It’s 12 weeks until Christmas, which means cheap train tickets have just become available. If you're planning trips to see family, get your cheap tickets now at: http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

 

TIP OF THE WEEK III: Get 40% off all Odeon tickets before 14th October, with this voucher

 

TIP OF THE WEEK IV: Fair trade clothing store People Tree is offering lucky dip bags with 4-5 tops, dresses & skirts for £30. Stock's limited at: People Tree

 

TIP OF THE WEEK V: Here’s a useful list of free Bonfire Displays

 

Date Published:

08/10/2010

 

Source:

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