Third Sector, research and the criminal justice system
What can we learn when we adopt a collaborative approach in designing, developing and delivering prison and community criminal justice programmes/interventions?
Since 2013, a team of researchers at Coventry University (CU) led by Geraldine Brown have carried out collaborative criminal justice research projects working with third sector organizations. These studies have examined prison and community based interventions working with groups who have come to the attention of the criminal justice system.
In adopting a collaborative approach to this work a key aim is to generate theoretical and practical insights based on the views and experiences of key stakeholders. Fundamental to this, is employing an approach that captures and centres the experiences of individuals and groups in order identify and understand their views and experiences about factors which shape their engagement with programs. This is alongside generating insights about how services and practitioners engage and respond to individuals’ and groups’ needs. Our principle aim is to work towards generating an understanding of the relationship between the context in which programs/interventions are delivered, the effectiveness of the way in which programs/ interventions are delivered and the extent that participants and practitioners identify change or the potential for change to occur.
To date, the team and CU have carried out projects that offer key insights in regards to the strengths and weaknesses associated with collaborative approaches to criminal justice research. The workshop offers an opportunity to share learning from recent collaborations with the third sector organization we have worked with, examining; the role of horticulture in supporting substance misusing prisoners (Project 1, Brown et al, 2016), examined how land based models work with offenders (Project 2, Bos et al, 2016), explored how a faith based program engages and impacts on Black men identified as ‘gang involved’ in prison and on release (Project 3, Brown et al, 2016) an examination of a community led program ‘Roots out’ working with sex workers in prison and on release (Project 4, Brady et al, ongoing) and a study examining the work of a Drug and Alcohol Team in a local prison, supporting them in developing a Recovery Unit for substance misusing offenders (Project 5, Brown et al, on-going).
The workshop will provide a space for shared learning and consideration of effective ways of working with men and women in prison and on release in communities.
Need to know
This is a free event open to community and third sector organisations/ individuals working in the criminal justice arena or with individuals identified as at ‘risk’ of coming to attention of the criminal justice system.
Refreshment will be provided throughout the day.
Arrival from 9.30 onwards for a prompt start at 10am.
Co-Creating Welfare (CCW)
The project is funded by Erasmus+, the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport, and involves partners in Denmark, France and Portugal. As this is all about co-creation, we have practiced what we preach and have been talking to people working in welfare from the beginning and will continue to gather feedback along the way. We hope that with our help, welfare organisations across Europe will start putting these methods into action. Everyone should be involved together as a team from the beginning and all the way through.
Coventry Young Researchers 2018
Coventry Young Researchers will run from the 6th August to the 10th Aug 2017, and is open to children aged between 6 to 12 years old. Children will take part in a wide range of psychology, brain and behavioural science experiments and activities, all of which are designed to help them learn about psychology in a way that is fun and engaging. They will also be helping the research group to learn more about the way that young people learn and think.
Criminal Justice and Violence Across the Lifespan Conference
The Criminal Justice and Violence Across the Lifespan conference will be of interest to academics, law enforcement agencies, students, government and non-government organisations sharing an interest on diverse ways in which violence intersects with the criminal justice system.
Evening Conversations on Being Human: The Good Death
This event is part of a series of Evening Conversations open to anyone interested in debating science and its impact on society. Join us for an evening of discussion where scientists and religious and humanist leaders will discuss whether there is such a thing as a “good death”. Open to everyone.
ALERT and the Human Wildlife Conflict Update
Over a year and a half into ALERT and CU’s program to reduce human-lion conflict within Zimbabwe’s Matetsi Conservancy, the database of images captured on specially-installed camera traps outside selected homesteads is growing steadily. Among pictures of smaller predators, such as genets, civets, servals and bush cats, several clear images of lions - along with black-backed jackals and hyenas - have been captured.
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:00
The Stock Pot, Ryton Organic Gardens, Wolston Lane, Ryton on Dunsmore, CV8 3LG
Dr Geraldine Brown | email@example.com