Offenders and the third sector

Wednesday 16 May 2012, 10am – 4.30pm

NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, Regents Wharf, London N1 9RL

TSRC has conducted a two year research project looking at the role and impact of the third sector in the criminal justice system. The team have worked closely with prisons across the country, conducting surveys and in-depth interviews with prisoners, prison and probation staff, and voluntary organisations.

This event brought together criminal justice staff, policy makers, third sector groups and others to discuss the findings of this research, and hear from case study participants involved in the project.


The perceived effectiveness and added value of third sector organisations, Dr Rosie Meek

Partnership-working between criminal justice and third sector staff, Dr Alice Mills

Results from a national survey of offenders: why is awarenes of third sector services so low?, Dr Dina Gojkovic

Offender volunteering, Dr Rosie Meek

key issues: 

  • the role voluntary groups play in the resettlement of offenders 
  • the impact of volunteering on empowering offenders and changing identities  
  • the barriers that the third and statutory sector face in trying to accommodate each others’ agendas
  • the effect of new commissioning strategies on the future work of the sector in the criminal justice arena