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Clinks Light Lunch | Issue 507 | 20th October 2017

In this week's edition...

CLINKS BLOG: Gypsy, Roma and Travellers in the justice system

This is the second in a series of blogs following the roundtables Clinks held at both the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences to discuss the Lammy Review into the treatment of, and outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system. Kate Green MP looks at the experiences of Gypsies, Roma and Irish Travellers (GRT) in the criminal justice system. She discusses the overrepresentation of GRT people and racism in schools, and writes, 'dignity, respect and recognition are the bedrock of justice and equality. Let’s put that building block in place.' Read the blog here

CLINKS BLOG: message to government

In this guest blog, Making Every Adult Matter Coalition (MEAM) Policy and Practice Officer Laura Greason focuses on the roles of central government and the voluntary sector in tackling multiple needs. Earlier this month MEAM, a coalition of Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind, published 'Multiple Needs: Time for political leadership'. This is the second of three blogs which reflects on the nationwide consultation which helped shape the report. Read the blog here

CLINKS EVENT: annual conference update

At this year's annual conference [2nd November, London, from £70] we are running a series of advice surgeries covering legal advice, insurance, staff motivation and coaching. Bookings are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Find out more and book here

CLINKS EVENT: annual general meeting

If you are a Clinks member and cannot attend this year’s Annual General Meeting [2nd November, London, free] but wish to vote by proxy please complete this form and send it back to The deadline for receiving the forms is 31st October 2017. Download the form here

ARTS ALLIANCE EVENT: early bird conference tickets

Early bird tickets are now on sale for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) conference [4th December 2017 | London | from £30]. Incorporating innovative examples of good practice, topics will include transparency and diversity in response to the Lammy Review, the role of arts within restorative justice, digital innovation, as well as a space for discussion. Conversations will feed into the NCJAA’s priorities for a new national arts and criminal justice agenda as they begin the journey to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Sector Support Organisation from 2018 onwards. Find out more here

CLINKS PARTNER’S EVENT: cooperating out of crime?

The Academy for Social Justice Commissioning is holding ‘cooperating out of crime?’ [21st November, Manchester, free], a seminar which will discuss what cooperatives can bring to prisoner rehabilitation. It will review the use of prisoner co-owned employment cooperatives as a mechanism for supporting the resettlement of prisoners and enabling longer-term processes of desistance. Find out more and book here

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: women going to prison

Prison Reform Trust (PRT) has produced an information sheet aimed at women who think they may be going to prison. It includes a checklist of practical steps they can take to prepare themselves, such as making sure they have a list of family contact details, as well as explaining what they can expect to happen in the first couple of days. The idea came from women in contact with PRT’s advice and information service who said they would have liked this kind of information before they went to prison. It includes tips from women who have been through the experience themselves. Download the PDF here

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: mothers in prison

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) has released a new film to launch a report by the University of Cardiff, which highlights the positive impact of Pact’s work supporting mothers in Eastwood Park Prison. The study examined the impact of the Visiting Mum scheme, which was developed and run by Pact in partnership with Sova, as a three year proof of concept innovation to test out a new approach to meeting the needs of mothers in custody, many of whom struggle with a prison sentence, and who were not receiving visits by their children. Find out more here

CLINKS MEMBER'S NEWS: changing attitudes

Circles UK has been interviewed for 'The Warcry', the Salvation Army's newsletter. Circles' Chief Executive Officer, Riana Taylor, discusses the work they do and the difficulties of rehabilitating sex offenders in communities that are fearful and resistant to reintegration. She writes 'We believe that society needs to help people who suffer abuse – and that can sometimes be the abuser too, who may have suffered the trauma of abuse themselves; secondary victims, such as the partners, parents and children of an abuser who often suffer ostracism; and the primary victims. If society doesn’t take a preventative approach by trying to rehabilitate offenders and supporting their families, we will just make more and more victims.’ Read the article here


The Ministry of Justice has delivered a webinar on education provision in prisons. The slides cover the two key frameworks (both the Core Framework and the Dynamic Purchasing System) and outline market engagement, timescales and the commercial model. Download the presentation here

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: transforming rehabilitation

The Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government's Transforming Rehabilitation Programme. The inquiry will focus on how current Government measures are effectively addressing the challenges facing probation services and what more needs to be done in the short-term to improve the probation system. The deadline for submissions is the 17th November. Find out more here


Lord Farmer has asked the Government what progress they have made in implementing the report from the Farmer Review, The Importance of Prisoners’ Family Ties for Reform: Preventing Reoffending and Reducing Intergenerational Crime. In the parliamentary debate, peers welcomed the review and noted that the new Expectations from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons mentions the importance of family more frequently than previous editions. The work of Clinks members such as Pact was discussed and the importance of the recommendations being put into place agreed on. Read the transcript here

FUNDING: knife crime

The Home Office is making £500,000 available in 2017/18 to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime. Voluntary sector organisations can apply for grants of up to £200,000, or more if they are working with partners, as long as they can spend the funds by 31st March 2018. The deadline for applications 31st October. Find out more here

FUNDING: community businesses

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund for England will re-open on the 1st November, providing grants up to £15,000 for community businesses. It aims to give community groups the support and tools to start setting up a community business. It will also give groups the early stage finance needed to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. The deadline for applications is 1st December. Find out more here

CLINKS MEMBER'S EVENTS: play on women in prison

Open Clasp theatre company is holding a free screening of the play 'Key Change' [25th November- 10th December | online | free] over the internet to mark the UN campaign International Day to End Violence Against Women & Girls and available for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Devised with women in HMP Low Newton and originally toured to male prisons, Key Change is a portrayal of the real lives of women in prison. If you wish to be involved, you can host or share a screening. Find out more here


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: a Housing Officer with Humbercare Ltd [Grimsby], a Peripatetic Family Worker with The Forward Trust [HMP Maidstone], a Development and Partnerships Manager with Unlocked Graduates [London], a Sessional Tutor with Back on Track [Manchester], a Mentor with The Kenward Trust [Medway Towns], a Projects’ Coordinator (Justice) with The IARS International Institute [London], and a Group Work Mentor with Nacro [Middlesbrough]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


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