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CJA launches lived experience leadership programme

Crowd at CJA event

The CJA is excited to announce the launch of a new lived experience leadership programme.

ELEVATE CJS (Elevating Lived Experience Voices Advocacy Training and Expertise in the Criminal Justice System) aims to help emerging lived experience leaders progress into rewarding careers where they can influence change in the criminal justice system or other social justice areas. The programme will also work with government and sector employers to remove barriers and develop progression routes into senior positions for lived experience leaders.

The ELEVATE CJS programme was informed by two years of peer research and was co-designed with members of our Lived Experience Expert group, chaired by CJA trustee CJ Burge. The programme was inspired by international models such as Just Leadership USA, which was researched by CJA Director Nina Champion as part of her Churchill Fellowship.

The programme will be open to Londoners who have lived experience of the criminal justice system, are currently working in the criminal justice or social justice sectors, and who want to progress in their careers to influence systemic change in more senior level roles.

We have a wide definition of lived experience. Participants may have been over-policed, have convictions, have served a prison or community sentence, have been a victim of prison and/or have family members in prison. All participants will have access to clinical supervision throughout the programme to support their wellbeing.

Listen to CJA Director Nina Champion and trustee CJ Burge discuss ELEVATE CJS at our last Members Meeting below.