Rules on convictions and charity trustees, senior managers

On the blog of Clinks, the support body for offenders and families organisations, ‘Trustee or senior manager of a charity and have convictions? Are you affected by the Charities Act 2016?’.

This has been written by a co-director of Unlock, which has taken an active interest in the extensions to the rules on trustee eligibility that become law through the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. » Continue reading news item ... “Rules on convictions and charity trustees, senior managers”

Reviewing and increasing volunteering in prisons

New from Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders, is ‘Valuing volunteers in prison: a review of volunteer involvement in prisons’.

The report was commissioned at the request of Andrew Selous MP and explores how we can increase the amount and scope of prison volunteering across England and Wales. It explores four connected questions:

  • What are the benefits of volunteering in prisons?
  • Where are there current examples of good practice, and where are there gaps?
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NI Justice ministry proposes new sector commissioning and funding model

Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes.

The proposed changes place emphasis on greater transparency of funding, fair and equitable access to funding, securing bespoke services and best value, and development of better partnership arrangements.

The consultation runs until 23rd September. See NICVA article for more background and the consultation documents, or the Department of Justice consultation page.

Slow progress for sector in Transforming Rehabilitation programme

A “one year on” report has been published on the voluntary sector’s role in the Transforming Rehabilitation government programme of probation reforms.

An article from NCVO says that

“The reforms have taken far longer than expected to bed in and poor communication with the voluntary sector is damaging local relationships. Although it is still relatively early days, there are genuine concerns about the impact that these problems are having on the outcomes of those the programme is supporting.

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The state of the criminal justice sector

Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders and their families, has published ‘The state of the sector 2016‘ (pdf, 1.5MB).

The executive summary leads with:

The survey responses show that the voluntary sector continues to be diverse – in terms of its size and the services it provides, as well as the geographical locations served. The majority of organisations work either locally or regionally rather than nationally and the majority of organisations are small and employ less than 50 members of staff.

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Tools to develop service user involvement

A new guide from Clinks gives practical tools for organisations working with people in prison, on probation or in other areas of the Criminal Justice System, to develop an involvement programme and approach which places service users at the organisation’s heart.

Involving service users is key to the difference we can make in the lives of offenders – improving the quality and impact of the services on offer; contributing to wider outcomes, including reducing re-offending; and enabling individual service users to build a new identity which supports their journey to desistance from crime.

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