Engaging people with convictions
Why read this evidence review?
This evidence review provides an in-depth look at the issue of engaging people with convictions. Kevin Wong has been a prominent researcher in this area and has examined the issues of assessment, engagement and promoting desistance in both the probation service and voluntary sector organisations.
The review covers a wide range of issues including:
- Summarising the evidence base and guidance materials on ways to engage effectively with adults and young people with convictions
- Setting this evidence base within the context of the research underpinning broader rehabilitative practice
- Looking at the differences in effective engagement practice between the statutory and voluntary sectors
- Discussing the role of co-production in needs assessments – inevitably the first stage on the engagement process
- Proposing ways in which this learning can be applied to voluntary sector organisations by practitioners, policy makers and commissioners.
An online evidence base for the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system
This article forms part of a series from Clinks, created to develop a far-reaching and accessible evidence base covering the most common types of activity undertaken within the criminal justice system. There are two main aims of this online series:
- To increase the extent to which the voluntary sector bases its services on the available evidence base
- To encourage commissioners to award contracts to organisations delivering an evidence-based approach.
Each article has been written by a leading academic with particular expertise on the topic in question. The topics are selected by Clinks’ members as areas of priority interest. Clinks intends to build a comprehensive directory of the best evidence available across a wide range of criminal justice topics within the next three years (2020-2023). The online evidence base is co-ordinated by Russell Webster on behalf of Clinks.