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Clinks' Annual Conference 2016

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Clinks' Annual Conference 2016

Tickets for the conference include entry to the AGM.
November 2, 2016 - 10:00am


What we do – the role of voluntary organisations in criminal justice.

This year’s theme is 'What we do'. This conference will focus on the historic and future role of the voluntary sector in supporting people to change their lives, in reforming the system, making communities safer, improving conditions in prisons, probation services and our courts.

The conference offers a chance to hear from key policy and decision makers, and to network with voluntary sector organisations, government officials, and funders. The keynote address will be given by Bob Neill MP, chair of the Justice Select Committee, talking about how the voluntary sector can influence political and public debate - showcasing what we can do as a sector.

The conference will bring together the voluntary sector and other stakeholders to discuss the progressive work being carried out across England and Wales, but also the changes and challenges faced by the sector. We will celebrate what the sector is achieving and showcase some of its innovations - for the full programme, please click on the programme tab.

The conference is being held in central London close to our offices, 5 mins from Euston. The conference, including the AGM, will finish around 5.30pm.


£50 for voluntary sector Clinks full members
£70 for Individual/Organisation associate members & Consultant members
£120 for all others 

If you are a voluntary sector non-member, please contact us for information on a great deal on membership.

If costs are prohibitive, please email



Registration, tea and coffee

10.30amWelcome and introduction from Anne Owers, Chair of Trustees, and Anne Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Clinks
10.45amPanel Discussion: The Voluntary Sector in the Criminal Justice System (Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, Duncan Shrubsole from Lloyds Bank Foundation, Juliet Lyon CBE from the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody)
12pmYour selected morning session: see below
2pmYour selected afternoon session: see below
3.15pmBob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Select Committee
3.45pmClosing remarks from Dame Anne Owers, Chair of Trustees, and Anne Fox, Chief Executive Officer, Clinks
4pmEnd / Registration for Annual General Meeting
4.30pmAnnual General Meeting
5.30pm Drinks Reception

Workshop sessions

Please pick one from the morning sessions (A-D) and one from the afternoon sessions (E-H). Places are limited so book your sessions by emailing us at as soon as possible.

A.Stronger Together: Collaboration In The Voluntary Sector

Speakers from Centre for Justice Innovation, Brighton Women’s Centre and Second Step, Bristol

Working together offers voluntary sector organisations the chance to take on roles and provide services which might be impossible if they were acting alone. This workshop will look at why collaboration matters and how it can be made to work.

B.Greater Manchester And The Devolution Of Justice Services

Speakers from GM Public Service Reform Team

As the number of ‘Devolution Deals’ across the UK increases, this workshop will explore the progress of the justice devolution in Greater Manchester, the role of voluntary sector within devolution and reform, and look at how we can ensure the sector has a voice and is engaged and involved.

C.Dynamic Approaches To Emotional Well-Being And Safety

Speakers from Together and Lincolnshire Action Trust

How do we support people in the Criminal Justice System with mental health needs? Whose responsibility is it to keep people safe from themselves? Hear from two voluntary sector organisations working to help care for those with mental health problems and maintain people’s emotional well-being.

D.Volunteering In The Criminal Justice System

Speakers from the Shannon Trust, HMP Whatton and User Voice

As part of our review this year on volunteer involvement in prisons, Clinks worked with NOMS, voluntary sector organisations and prisons to identify good practice. This workshop will share these findings in order to maximise the impact of volunteering, and minimise any barriers that limit its use.

E.Practical Approaches to Influencing Policy

Speakers from Criminal Justice Alliance, Prison Reform Trust, Prisoners Education Trust and Maslaha

As well as delivering high quality services, the voluntary sector has a long history of bringing about positive policy change in the Criminal Justice System. This workshop will explore what our sector does to influence government policy, highlighting why it is important and the different approaches people take.

F.How to Involve Service Users and The Impact They Can Have

Speakers from User Voice

Involving service users is not a new concept but until recently criminal justice has often lagged behind. Increasingly, the value of getting people with lived experience involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of services is being recognised. This workshop will look at why involving service users matters and how it can be done meaningfully.

G.Providing Quality Housing

Speakers from Langley House Trust, Stonham Home Group, Nacro and Homeless Link

Accessing and maintaining a tenancy is essential for supporting resettlement and providing some stability. At a time when there is a shortage of quality and affordable accommodation this workshop invites three housing providers to express what good housing looks like, and consider what challenges and opportunities the future holds.

H.Working Together To Keep Women Out Of Prison

Speakers from Women in Prison and Advance

Sending women to prison damages their life chances, making it more likely they will reoffend and harder to address the issues that led to their conviction. This session will look at an exciting campaign to reduce the number of women in prison and how the holistic approach of women’s centres can contribute to this aim.



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