What next? Building strength and unity in a changing criminal justice system
Recovery from the pandemic and major changes to the criminal justice operating environment, including probation unification and proposed prison reforms, present significant challenges, as well as some opportunities, to voluntary organisations and the people they support. Through these changes the voluntary sector’s strength, determination and flexibility enables organisations to prioritise people in contact with the criminal justice system and their families.
Our State of the Sector research has shown that these changes have come on top of, not instead of, wider challenges that have long faced the sector. At this year’s conference, we aim to strengthen the voluntary sector’s ability to succeed together amidst an ever-changing environment. Alongside hearing from our keynote speaker; Phil Copple, Director General of Operations for Prisons and Probation, we will be running panel discussions and workshops showcasing best practice and the sharing of ideas and recommendations from some of our member organisations.
Our panel discussions will delve into how voluntary sector organisations can look to diversify their funding opportunities within the criminal justice system, as well as how we can all prioritise wellbeing for staff and explore ways in which we can ensure our workforce feels valued when salary increases are not always possible, and the retention of skilled and talented staff remains a concern. During our workshops we will be looking at the importance of our workforces being diverse and representative of those who access services and the challenges that are faced in doing this within the voluntary criminal justice sector. We will also be exploring the concept of Framing; and how the sector can be a united voice and be more than the sum of its parts. Further details on these panel discussions and workshops and how to sign up to them will be shared soon, and if you are interested in being involved and sharing your experiences of these topics at the conference then please do get in touch at email@example.com.
The conference will be followed by our AGM and a drinks reception. In addition to allowing us to carry out business that is vital to the running of Clinks, our AGM is the place for members to exercise the right to elect our trustees, and a chance to discuss the issues that matter to you as a member.
Our early bird tickets are now on sale and are available until 20 October, so please do book yourself a space by clicking the 'Book now' tab – we look forward to seeing you at Drapers’ Hall!