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North East Criminal Justice Forum

Thursday 8th March 2018, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Bede Tower, Sunderland

‘Coordination and Collaboration for People Facing Multiple Disadvantage’

How criminal justice services and others can join up their work to better meet people’s multiple and complex needs. This event will provide an opportunity to hear about criminal justice policy updates and the work of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition.

The event will showcase good practice between the voluntary and statutory sector and will provide an opportunity to explore the issues and discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with colleagues from a range of voluntary and public sector organisations.

Click here for more information or to book your place.

State of the Sector 2018 Survey

Clinks State of the Sector Survey is now open for responses.

We are privileged to work to support and represent such a diverse range of voluntary organisations that make a real difference to people’s lives. Each year, the responses to our survey consistently paint a picture of a diverse, resilient, creative, innovative, and inspirational voluntary sector that works hard to support people on their desistance journey. But we know you are also tackling some very real challenges. 

Last year you told us you are supporting more people, and that needs are becoming more complex and immediate. You told us that this is putting staff and volunteers under increasing pressure, with many taking on larger caseloads.  Is this the same for you this year? What’s changed?

Compete the survey now.

Prepare for Changes to Rules on Trustees and Senior Managers with Criminal Records

14th March, Manchester

From 1st August 2018, changes to the ‘automatic disqualification’ rules mean that there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity, particularly affecting trustees and certain senior managers, such as CEOs and Chief Finance Officers.

This half day workshop will provide you with the information your organisation needs to prepare for these changes. This workshop will be delivered by Unlock and is based on Unlock’s guide to the new rules Leading Charities with Conviction and simple easy to use tools which Clinks has supported them to develop.

Organisations need to act now to update their recruitment processes to reflect the new rules and understand how they can support anyone involved in the organisation, who will be affected, to apply for a waiver in advance of the changes.

Click here to book your place

Development Officer Roundup

February has involved a lot of travel from York, to London and even Bristol. I was in York for the HMPPS grant funding event mentioned above. This will hopefully provide an opportunity to fund innovative approaches in the criminal justice system.

The development team had an away day in Bristol to start planning our work for the next financial year. We will continue to provide policy updates and information to the sector via bulletins and events.

The MEAM team have been meeting to plan our learning hubs for the MEAM approach and Fulfilling Lives areas and I have continued to provide support to Sunderland, Durham and Newcastle/Gateshead.

I have been talking about communications with VONNE’s Communications Manager and we are looking to refresh the criminal justice webpages on the website. If there is anything you think would be particularly useful for me to provide to get in touch.

HMPPS Grant Funding

HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) and Clinks recently held three HMPPS Grant Funding Programme 2018 – 2020 events in London and York which provided further details to voluntary sector organisations working in the criminal justice system interested in applying for the available funding. Presentation slides are available here.

The funding will be available for specific themes that cover HMPPS and Ministry of Justice priorities over the next 12-24 months. These grant opportunities will also be published on the government contract finder website. For full details, register on the Ministry of Justice eSourcing portal.

Durham and Cleveland Local Criminal Justice Partnership Plan 2018 – 2021

The plan sets out an ambitious programme of partnership working in order to deliver:

  • An end-to-end service for supporting victims and witnesses;
  • An end-to-end system for rehabilitating offenders and reducing reoffending;
  • The most efficient and integrated local criminal justice system in the country.

The plan sets out the commitment to working in partnership, including working together to solve problems, sharing information, and jointly commissioning services when possible, to improve local communities.

The plan is available to download here.

‘Collaboration without Collusion’: how to create and maintain professional relationships with challenging clients

Friday 9th March, Durham Police HQ

One of the toughest challenges for professionals can be managing the relationship with the people they support, whether adult or young person, and their families.

Summary of the learning day

  • The nature of the relationship between professional and service user, including the role of their families
  • Understanding challenging behaviour and the implications for support services
  • Introducing a practice framework – restorative practice, attachment and systemic thinking underpinned by therapeutic use of the self
  • Practice-based approaches and handy tools to avoiding pitfalls, and rebalancing professional/service user relationships

To book your place contact Jim Cunningham by email James.cunningham@durham.pnn.police.uk

NEPACS Hidden Sentence Training

26th April in Stockton and 23rd May in Newcastle.

This training course is for professionals whose work in the community brings them in contact with children and families of prisoners, including health and social care workers, school staff and voluntary/community workers.

Hidden sentence training gives a clear overview of the offenders journey, its impact on the family from arrrest to release and a range of strategies and resources to help you offer support.

Early bird booking cost of £35 pp, £50 pp thereafter.

To register your interest email training@nepacs.co.uk



Natalie Maidment, Development Officer North East (seconded to Clinks)
Tel: 0191 233 2000

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