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Work with Offenders provide a range of services for all types of Criminal Justice Practitioners. Some services are available to non members such as this job site and our training services outlined below.
Members of Work with Offenders enjoy a range of additional services comprising of essential information, support, advice and latest policy legislation relative to all Offender Management Sector and Crime & Disorder Practitioners.
Please see below a list of membership benefits:
- Work with Offenders Guide to the CDRP and Public Sector Reform Programme
- Work with Offenders Network News Monthly
- 60 second Executive Summary Policy briefings
- Multi-agency/Partnership Training -
- Work with Offenders Members' only area of our website, giving you access to a wide network of skills and information about good practice
- On-line discussion forum
- Partnership networking with practitioners to share experience and good practice from across the UK
- Professional Mentoring Scheme
- Free website and discounted e-mail alert advertising
- Regular e-mail alert updates – key information straight to your desktop
- Special Member's rate to Work with Offenders events throughout the year
- Discounted entry to events/conferences with recognised Criminal Justice service providers.
- Join our national working groups and help us research key issues
- Stay in touch with developments and help advance your career
- Help influence national policy and practice effective Criminal Justice work.
To find out more about becoming a Work with Offenders member, please click here or call 0203 119 3302 for more information.
Many Criminal Justice Sector practitioners and others have already acknowledged that there needs to be an improvement of skills within Criminal Justice Sector Partnerships. This is linked to the general need of development that all professionals need. One answer to this is training and as a result, Work with Offenders has established the first stages of a training programme for practitioners and others. The initial courses are focused on areas central to the Criminal Justice practice, but these alone do not cover all of the necessary skills. Additional stages will be put in place after consultation with members.
As the Criminal Justice work community has become more diverse, the skills relevant to the discipline have also widened. In addition to Criminal Justice Sector skills and knowledge, a Partnership also has to deal with the running of projects, the evaluation, funding and the linkage of those projects with other work areas as part of the Local Area Agreement process.
Often a Partnership does not have all the necessary skills and knowledge development may be required, but it is difficult to identify the key areas of training and the indivudals that may need additional attention. One way of deciding on this is by way of a skills/training analyse. For example, most people in a Partnership will benefit from the Work with Offenders Introduction Course but not all will need to progress to the Work with Offenders Foundation Course. Some members of the Partnership will require specific training around a skill such as project management, others may need to improve their knowledge of an offence area such as domestic violence. All Partners need to be able to solve a crime or disorder issue and have an understanding of how to construct a simple action plan, but not all will need to be able to combine those plans into a programme.
Different Partnerships have different needs and resources but all should follow a simple process:
- Establish what knowledge and skills are needed in the Partnership
- Establish what skills and knowledge already exists within Partner organisations
- Identify the gaps
- Identify people in the Partnership who can be trained to fill those gaps
- Identify where that training can be obtained
Work with Offenders can assist in the latter, either from our work programme or from members training organisations, universities or colleges.
Interim Staff Recruitment Services
Work with Offenders works closely with the Red Snapper Group, the leading crime and Criminal Justice recruitment service - Offender Management Sector Skills.
We take pride in offering over 2,000 community safety professionals on an interim basis to employers every year.
To find out more about this service, click here.