Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group
Clinks is seeking someone with expertise and experience of delivering education services to sit on the Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3). The position holder must currently be a senior manager in a voluntary organisation delivering education services to people who are or have been 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 the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Members of the RR3 are senior experts from the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice system. Members of the board sit as individuals, and they represent the knowledge and experiences of the wider voluntary sector. The RR3 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 rehabilitation services
- 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.
Members of the RR3 also sit on the RR3 special interest group on Covid-19, set up to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on service users and voluntary organisations, and to provide advice and challenge to government on its response. The group meets regularly, though attendance at special interest group meetings are optional.
- Able to attend quarterly RR3 meetings (these have historically been held between 10am and 2pm in Central London but are likely to be held online for the foreseeable future) and, where appropriate and capacity allows, lead or contribute to special interest groups
- A willingness and ability to act as a representative for, and advocate of, the voluntary sector working in criminal justice.
- Experience and knowledge
We want to ensure that the RR3 has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. We particularly welcome applications from people with lived experience of the criminal justice system who now work in the voluntary sector.
The experience and knowledge we are seeking includes:
- Delivery and policy expertise in relation to education provision to people who are or have been in contact with the criminal justice system
- Evidence-based practice in delivering education services to people who are or have been in contact with the criminal justice system
- Expertise and experience in research within the field of criminal justice
- Experience of involving service users and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system in shaping policy decisions
- Knowledge relevant to competition and commissioning, as well as funding and investment models and mechanisms
- Expertise in working with people with characteristics protected under the Equality Act (2010) and knowledge of the specific needs of individuals in the criminal justice system with protected characteristics and the unequal outcomes they face.
- Skills and abilities
- The ability to take part in meetings and decision making of a representative group
- Excellent communication skills that allow for the clear representation of key issues to senior government officials
- The ability to contribute to RR3 special interest groups by chairing events and meetings, and contributing to briefings and reports
- The ability to work collaboratively with other organisations providing education services to people who are or have been in contact with the criminal justice system, to facilitate information sharing, and feed information from the wider sector back to the RR3 group.
- Attitudes and values
- A strong belief in the positive role of the voluntary sector in supporting people on their desistance journey
- A willingness to act as a champion for equality in the context of criminal justice
- A commitment to improving education outcomes for people who are or have been in contact with the criminal justice system.
Please note this is a non-renumerated position but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.