Clinks is seeking an expert from the voluntary sector to sit on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3) leadership board. This person will be a senior manager in a specialist women’s organisation with expertise and experience of providing tailored support to women in contact with the criminal justice system.
The main purpose of the RR3 is to build a stronger and more effective partnership between the voluntary sector and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The chair for the group and its secretariat is provided by Clinks, the infrastructure organisation supporting voluntary organisations in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Members of the RR3 leadership board are chief executives or senior staff from the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. Members of the board sit as individuals, and they act as a representative of the wider voluntary sector. Please read the guide to the RR3 for further information. The RR3 leadership board meets quarterly to:
- Advise on and support the development and implementation of policy by the MoJ and other government departments where appropriate
- Provide advice and feedback on the development of competition and commissioning strategies and practice in line with the Government commitment to strengthen the role of independent providers in rehabilitation
- Contribute to identifying gaps in the provision of services to people in contact with the criminal justice system and recommend how these might be filled.
Clinks convenes the Women’s Networking Forum, a quarterly meeting of specialist women’s organisations and projects, to encourage information sharing and partnership working within the women’s sector. In this role, you would be required to regularly attend the Forum, to ensure you can best feed information from the women’s sector back to the RR3 group. Please read the notes of previous meetings for further information.
- Able to attend quarterly RR3 meetings and where appropriate lead or contribute to special interest groups
- Able to attend the quarterly Women’s Networking Forum meetings
- A willingness and ability to act as a representative for, and advocate of, the voluntary sector working in criminal justice.
b) Experience and knowledge
We want to ensure that the leadership board has the widest breadth of expertise and that this includes specialist expertise on women in contact in the criminal justice system. The experience and knowledge we are seeking includes (but is not limited to):
- Delivery and policy expertise in relation to women in contact the criminal justice system, both in the community and in custody
- Evidence based practice in supporting desistance for women in contact with the criminal justice system
- Expertise and experience in research within the field of criminal justice
- Knowledge relevant to competition, commissioning as well as funding and investment models and mechanisms
- Expertise in working with and knowledge of the specific needs of people with other characteristics protected under the Equality Act (2010).
c) Skills and abilities
- Ability to take part in meetings and decision making of a representative group
- Excellent communication skills that allow for clear representation of key issues to senior government officials
- Ability to contribute to RR3 Special Interest Groups by chairing events and meetings, and contributing to briefings and reports
- Ability to work collaboratively with other women’s organisations to facilitate information sharing and feed information from the women’s sector back to the RR3 group.
d) Attitudes and values
- A strong belief in the positive role of the voluntary sector in supporting people on their desistance journey
- A strong belief in the distinctive value of small, specialist women’s voluntary organisations
- A willingness to act as a champion for equality in the context of criminal justice
- A commitment to improving the outcomes for women involved in the criminal justice system.