The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
Clinks manages the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA). It aims to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change. It supports this transformative work by providing a network, and voice, for the people committed to making great art across prison, probation and community settings.
The NCJAA delivers work in five main areas:
- Promoting arts organisations
- Building the evidence base for arts in the criminal justice system
- Supporting and informing policy
- Practice development
- Developing audiences.
This is delivered through online platforms and resources, news and events and by building relationships and networks with policy makers and commissioners.
The NCJAA conducts and commissions research to highlight the impact of the arts in the criminal justice system. The Evidence Library, an award-winning resource for professionals, academics and others working in the criminal justice system, currently hosts over 100 key research and evaluation documents on the impact of arts based projects.
Policy and influencing
The NCJAA acts as a conduit between artists and organisations and local and national policy makers who set priorities relating to the arts and criminal justice. One mechanism for this is the Arts Forum, a tri-annual meeting, chaired by the Ministry of Justice.
Raising the profile of arts in criminal justice
The NCJAA works hard to share the work of its network via a range of communications, including a monthly newsletter - which shares news, events, opportunities and recent publications - and via Twitter, blog and case studies. If you would like to share your work, please contact Dora Dixon.
Promoting good practice
The NCJAA wants to encourage and promote excellence within arts and criminal justice, and aim for this to be threaded through all of their work. To address this, they run a professional mentoring scheme, publish guidance and hold training events. The Evidence Library enables members and commissioners to assess the impact of arts programmes within a range of criminal justice settings.
The NCJAA also holds events throughout the year to bring together a range of stakeholders including governors, prison staff, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service staff, policy makers from the Ministry of Justice, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England, along with other arts and culture organisations.
Professional mentoring scheme
The professional mentoring scheme expands opportunities for practitioners to develop professional skills and knowledge in the field of arts and criminal justice through a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Expert mentors working in the arts and the criminal justice system provide a range of support about using arts within the criminal justice system to their mentee.
Join the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance
If you use the arts in criminal justice then why not join the NCJAA for free? Subscribing to the network keeps you engaged with the sector and enables you to learn about new opportunities, policy and projects, enjoy marketing and networking opportunities, join in with blog posts and case studies and influence how the NCJAA does its work.
Keep in touch
Get the latest news, events and opportunities from the arts and criminal justice system in the NCJAA’s monthly newsletter.