In June, I wrote a blog about a ‘Guide to Desistance’ that I was writing. The blog elicited a great response, with many people sharing their experiences and ideas, so thank you to all who contributed. These ideas really helped to inform the guide, especially the last section entitled ‘Practical next steps.’ Clinks have now published ‘Introducing Desistance: A Guide for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector Organisations’. The guide aims to:
- Provide an accessible summary of the key themes in the desistance literature;
- Explore how VCSE Sector organisations can use the theory to demonstrate the success of their work to policy makers, funders, commissioners and prime providers;
- Give examples of practical steps VCSE Sector organisations can take to support their service users further, informed by desistance theory.
- Has the guide inspired you to do anything differently? If so, how?
- How do you think learning about desistance theory could be shared between organisations?
With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, further lockdowns in response and a number of major changes set to take place in the criminal justice system this year, we recap on our work in the run up to the new year to influence policy and practice and reflect on our priorities going forward.
Clinks has written to Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment and the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation to request that people in prison and those who work with them, including voluntary sector staff and volunteers, are given priority vaccination against Covid-19.
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