Featuring: National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Posted on: 12th September 2016 at 00:00
Posted by: PANDA
Discipline: Multi-disciplinary

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This week we're delighted to introduce you to our newest member organisation, National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance. We first became aware of this organisation through their upcoming conference, Arts, Culture and Innovation in Criminal Justice Settings, which will be of great interest to people working in the arts and voluntary sector organisations.

About the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance is the leading national network supporting the arts in criminal justice. Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the Criminal Justice System as a springboard for positive change. Nearly 800 Alliance members deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results. We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with offenders.

About the NCJAA Conference

On 5th October 2016 we will be holding our annual conference in York at HMP Askham Grange. The day, which is aimed at governors, Heads of Learning and Skills, Heads of Reducing Reoffending, health and substance misuse senior prison staff, CRCs and arts and voluntary sector organisations, will explore innovation and creativity in criminal justice reform.

The conference will see the launch of a new guide looking at how to commission arts projects in criminal justice settings in response to the Coates Review and Culture White Paper. The conference and publication will highlight the unique role of the arts in supporting rehabilitation, including how arts can support safe and secure prisons and improve outcomes for offenders across the prison estate and in the community. It will provide evidence and best practice case studies to inspire governors and commissioners in a new autonomous environment.

Speakers include Mags Patten, Nation Director of Communication (Arts Council England); Simon Marshall, Head of Co-Commissioning and Programme Director, Education and Employment Reform Commissioning Group; and Graham Beck, Governor of HMP Kirkham.

Workshops include:

  • Improving wellbeing for those most at risk of self-harm and suicide in a prison setting (Geese Theatre Company and Safer Custody teams)
  • ‘Singing the blues’, music and emotion: how music can be used effectively in a therapy setting (Phoene Cave, HMP and YOI Bronzefield)
  • Improving outcomes and evidence in arts and criminal justice settings: building the evidence base (Sarah French, Justice Data Lab)
  • Digital arts in criminal justice settings: exploring the perceived barriers and outcomes for offenders (Stretch and HMP Leeds)
  • Make Right: using design thinking in prison industry textile workshops to build empathy and design skills (University of the Arts London and HMP Thameside)

The cost of attending the event is £60 per person.

To book click here.


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