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Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3)

The Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) exists with the purpose of building a strong and effective partnership between the voluntary sector and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The chair for the group and its secretariat is provided by Clinks.

You can read the full Terms of Reference of the RR3 group here

You can read our guide to the RR3 here, which covers what it is, its membership and key achievements

You can find out more information about the members of the RR3 group here

You can read the notes of RR3 meetings here

You can read about the RR3 group's key achievements here


Clinks is seeking two senior experts to sit on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) leadership board.  Applications for the vacancies will be senior leaders from voluntary sector organisations with specialist expertise in either providing support to black, Asian and minority ethnic people in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS); or expertise of providing specialist housing support to people in contact with the CJS. The deadline for applications is Sunday 7th October 2018.

Role Description Housing Specialist

Role Description BAME Specialist

RR3 Special Interest Groups

The terms of reference for the RR3 allow for the development of time-limited special interest groups to advise on specific areas of policy and practice as the need arises.

Current Special Interest Group

Womens' Networking Forum

The women's networking forum is sponsored and chaired by Laura Seebohm, RR3 member and Operational Director at Changing Lives, who feeds back key issues raised to the RR3. Meetings are hosted in partnership with Agenda.

Former Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Group on Accommodation

This Special Interest Group explored the barriers people in contact with the criminal justice system experience when trying to access appropriate accommodation and make recommendations for how these can be addressed. The group was sponsored by RR3 member, Beverly Williams who is Director of Criminal Justice Service at Stonham Home Group.

Special Interest Group on Substance Misuse and Addiction

This Special Interest Group was brought together for a one-off roundtable on 11th October 2017, to explore the issues facing voluntary organisations and service users in the substance misuse sector. It was sponsored by Richy Cunningham, RR3 member and Systems Broker at Fulfilling Lives. The group will publish a paper in early 2018.

Special Interest Group on Commissioning Family Services

This Special Interest Group was  convened to offer an opportunity for organisations to work with HM Prisons and Probation Service on the commissioning of family services for prisons. The group was sponsored by Diane Curry, RR3 member and Chief Executive of Partners of Prisoners.

Special Interest Group on People at Risk of Suicide and Self-harm

This RR3 Special Interest Group met twice in late 2016 to discuss how to provide effective care and support for people at risk of suicide and self-harm when entering prison, in prison and on release. The group explored the role and contribution of the voluntary sector in providing care, and the challenges and barriers to effective care and support. The group was sponsored by Linda Bryant, RR3 member and Manager of Criminal Justice Services at Together for Mental Wellbeing.

Special Interest Group on Supporting Effective Mentoring Through the Gate

This RR3 Special Interest Group explored how to provide effective mentoring for men and women resettling in the community after a prison sentence. It considered the role and contribution of the voluntary sector in pioneering this approach and the impact of the current commissioning and contracting arrangements and funding on the sector’s ability to deliver effective mentoring. It also looked at what is happening to mentoring through the gate, the challenges and barriers to effective delivery and consistent outcomes. The group made recommendations to the sector, the Ministry of Justice and other relevant parties. It was sponsored by Matt Wall, RR3 member and National Secretary of the Community Chaplaincy Association.

Historical RR3 sub-groups

Prior to the refresh of the RR3 group's membership and Terms of Reference in 2015, a previous version of the group existed. The group set up three Task and Finish Groups, which produced the following papers:

RR3 Publications

RR3 - Prison reform and the voluntary sector (July 2016)
The RR3 was asked in February 2016 by the Minister for Prisons and Probation, Andrew Selous, to provide information on how the voluntary sector can be engaged in the government’s programme of prison reform and contribute to reducing re-offending. In this paper, the RR3 sets out key issues and ideas that we believe will support the voluntary sector’s engagement with the prison reform programme.