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Come join us for a conference looking at the role and future of the third sector in Community Justice in Scotland.

Beyond Consultation: Building Real Partnership in Community Justice

28/03/18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum invites you to a free, one day conference exploring the role played by the third sector in achieving community justice outcomes in Scotland. We want you to join us in developing a collective understanding of what the role of the voluntary sector can be in Scotland and of how best we all ensure successful collaboration with the third sector in community justice planning and service provision.

One year on from the introduction of the new model for community justice, we feel the time is right to ask:

  • What contribution does the third sector make to achieving community justice outcomes, locally and nationally?
  • How is the third sector being included in community justice planning?
  • What next for the third sector? How do we build on existing relationships and ensure that we engage them meaningfully in community justice in future?

Anyone working in justice in Scotland who has an interest in the community justice system and the role of the voluntary sector, whether nationally or locally, is welcome to join us. The event is open to those from all sectors and backgrounds, whether voluntary sector, statutory or public bodies, academics, or those with lived experience of the justice system. The conference will provide an open and frank environment for all partners to discuss the challenges and opportunities for third sector participation in community justice.

Speakers confirmed to date include: Dr. Philippa Tomczak, Criminology Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and winner of the 2017 British Society of Criminology prize for her book The Penal Voluntary Sector; Alan Staff, Chief Executive of Apex ScotlandDr. Hannah Graham, Lecturer in Criminology for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research; and Tom Jackson of Community Justice Glasgow and former Chief Executive of Glasgow Community Justice Authority. There will also be a chance to explore the current experience of third sector engagement in local community justice processes across Scotland that has been led by CJVSF’s Strengthening Engagement Project.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops hosted by those at the forefront of collaborative working between the third sector and statutory partners and the afternoon session will include an open debate, asking what next for the third sector in community justice. A free networking lunch will also be provided.

For more information and to register please visit:



Central Hall, Edinburgh
2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP United Kingdom + Google Map
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