The Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum (CJVSF) is a collaboration of voluntary sector organisations working in criminal justice in Scotland.
CJVSF seeks to:
- Support voluntary sector providers to continuously improve their own criminal justice services through collaboration and sharing of good practice
- Assist voluntary sector providers to understand, navigate and influence the complex and changing environment in which they operate – including, where appropriate, challenging specific policies or decisions that adversely affect them – through gathering relevant evidence (including evidence relating to unmet need), providing information, facilitating discussions, responding to consultations and contributing to relevant working groups
- Promote broader awareness of the activities, value and contribution of third sector services within criminal justice through consultation responses, briefings and attendance at relevant events
A list of our current members can be found here. We warmly welcome new members. If you are a voluntary sector service provider working within criminal justice in Scotland and would be interested in joining the CJVSF, please get in touch.
All individual participants in CJVSF activities and CJVSF member organisations are asked to sign up to a series of working agreements.
CJVSF is hosted by Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland and currently receives funding from the Scottish Government.
As a national intermediary organisation, CJVSF supports the engagement of third sector justice organisations in national policy discussions and practice developments. Further information about the role of intermediaries can be found in the Understanding Intermediaries Impact resource produced by Evaluation Support Scotland.
Our current work is primarily focused on three areas:
- CJVSF national policy engagement
- Supporting third sector engagement with community justice partnerships
- Strengthening third sector engagement with Scottish prisons