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:

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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.

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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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