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Clinks 'Do it Justice' resources

Clinks’ Do it Justice resources are designed to provide easily accessible information on key aspects of the Criminal Justice System (CJS). They provide introductory level information for the Sector to support the development of services that assist people in their desistance from criminal behaviour

The Rehabilitative Prison: Good engagement with the voluntary sector

This guide provides prison governors and staff with practical guidance on effective engagement with voluntary sector organisations, to support rehabilitation within a reformed prison estate.

The guide builds on positive experiences and suggests practical actions that can foster a more co-ordinated approach to partnership work that makes the most of available resources.

The rehabilitative prison: Good engagement with the voluntary sector





April 2016

Skills For a Changing Market

This publication, written by NAVCA, aims to support a better understanding of how organisations can prepare themselves for the competitive tendering and procurement of services

This resource provides an introduction to influencing practices, relationship management, risk assessment, and negotiation.

Do it Justice - Skills for a changing market

August 2014

Working With Older Offenders

This guide, written by RECOOP, is for voluntary sector organisations working in the CJS, to help them better understand the needs of older offenders.

It gives information on the needs and rights of older people in the CJS and advice on how to support them, so that frontline staff, volunteers and managers can design appropriate and responsive services

January 2014

PDF iconIntroducing Desistance: A guide for VCSE Sector organisations

This Clinks guide aims to provide an accessible summary of some of the key themes in the desistance literature and explore the factors that can support desistance.
It focuses on how the voluntary sector can use the theory to demonstrate the success of their work supporting desistance to policy-makers, funders, commissioners, other partners and perhaps also prime providers.

August 2013

Six principles for engaging the VCS in criminal justice and community safety

This guide is designed to provide partners from all sectors with easily accessible information on key aspects of the CJS. It provides six overarching principles to support statutory engagement with the VCSE Sector and provides a rationale as to why you would adopt each principle, practical examples of where they have been applied well, and tips on how to implement them.

March 2013

Developing a criminal justice network

This guide is for VCSE organisations working in the CJS, and those who support them. It gives advice on how to set up a network of VCSE Sector organisations to help organisations collaborate, learn from one another, and develop a strategic voice to influence commissioning and other decision making including Police and Crime Commissioners. It includes case studies of networks in the South West and Wales.

 January 2013

Navigating the Criminal Justice System

This edition of Do it Justice is aimed primarily at organisations who are new to the CJS and want to find out more about how it works, who is involved, and where they can engage. It could be used as an a general introduction to the CJS or by organisations looking to provide services to vulnerable people in the system, perhaps to better understand where their work should take place.

July 2012

Getting help from Local Support and Development Organisations

Local Support and Development Organisations (LSDOs, or local infrastructure organisations like Councils for Voluntary Service) can help voluntarys sector organisations to thrive. This resource, written by our partners NAVCA, explains what role they can play in supporting local sector, and statutory partners, to develop services for people in the CJS.

July 2012