Sussex Prisoners’ Families reaches into the criminal courts, communities and prisons of Sussex to connect prisoners’ families with practical advice, emotional support and to each other. They raise awareness about the impact of family imprisonment and provide training to professionals on supporting families with a friend or family member in the criminal justice system.
Gemma’s research interests lie in desistance, digital technology in desistance-orientated work, youth justice, evaluation methodology, & co-production. Gemma’s underpinning research ethos is collaborative, emphasising the importance of interdisciplinary and impactful work. She works closely with several public, private, and third-sector organisations to advance knowledge transfer between academia and practice
Tania Goddard is a PhD student at the University of Salford whose research explores whether people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can be fit to plead, stand trial and effectively participate in criminal proceedings.
Danica Darley is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield who, having spent time in prison, has personal experience of the criminal justice system. Danica’s doctoral work examines the experiences of children in care with child criminal exploitation (CCE). The research hopes to contribute to a greater understanding as to why care-experienced young people can become criminally exploited. The project is co-produced with 3 young people who have experience of the care system and of child criminal exploitation.
Changing Lives believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their potential. With experts in working with people experiencing the most challenging of circumstances, providing holistic support to help people to go on to lead happy, fulfilling lives, Changing Lives works across four – often interconnected – areas to address the most common causes of social exclusion and long-term deprivation: Housing and Homelessness, Addiction and Recovery, Women and Children, and Employment and Training.
Cranstoun believes in empowering people and empowering change. It is a social justice and harm reduction charity. Cranstoun works across the areas of substance use, criminal justice, domestic abuse, housing and young people. Its criminal justice work is evidence-informed and supported by its expertise in substance use and domestic abuse and the benefits of a trauma-informed response. Cranstoun believes in creating whole system change, providing the right intervention at the right time and reaching people where they are at.
Innovation Unit works to provide systems change for the public sector; growing and scaling the boldest and best innovations that deliver long-term impact for people, address persistent inequalities, and transform the systems that surround them. Innovation Unit’s innovation and impact formula combines decades of practical experience with recent research, to help partners design new solutions, implement them successfully and take them to scale for greater impact.
Fresh Youth Perspectives was established in 2018 when a group of mums of Black and minority ethnic children living in Brighton got together to start a discussion between parents and carers, their children and local services about the wellbeing of young people. Fresh Youth Perspectives believes that by encouraging parental involvement and educating services about the needs of excluded young people, we can make a positive change to young people’s lives.
Power The Fight exists to empower communities to end youth violence. It aims to educate, equip, engage and enable communities to be the answer to the issue of youth violence in the UK.
Humankind is committed to reducing deprivation and exclusion and to improving people’s wellbeing. Its specialist services include substance use, clinical, employment training and education, housing services, housing support and health, young people and families services.
Odd Arts is a theatre organisation that works within criminal justice, health and community settings. It uses theatre to reduce risk and inequalities and increase opportunities for people facing the greatest level of discrimination, disadvantage and barriers. It does this through therapeutic theatre workshops, performance workshop tours and community-led social action projects using the arts.
The New Horizon Youth Centre is a day centre for 16 to 24-year-olds who find themselves homeless or needing help, whether due to family breakdown, domestic abuse, poverty, experiences of violence, or war and persecution in their home country.
Wipers is a CIC providing specialist provision for young people involved with the youth justice system. It offers three main services: one-to-one support and supervision; group work programmes; and specialist mentoring.
StreetDoctors empowers young people affected by violence by equipping them with the skills to save lives and the knowledge to make informed decisions about keeping themselves and others safe. It does this by providing training in emergency first-aid through a network of young healthcare volunteers in partnership with local communities.
The Centre for Criminology was established in 2001 and comprises a team of active researchers and research students with specialisms in homicide and violence, policing, youth justice and youth policy, probation and prisons, rehabilitation and resettlement, prisoners’ children and families, substance misuse, green, global and transnational criminology, crime prevention, animal abuse, informal justice and alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment.
Trailblazers Mentoring works to reduce reoffending in young adults by helping them change their attitude, thinking and behaviour through intensive mentoring, advice, advocacy and specialist support.
Storybook Dads enables families to reconnect through storytelling. It helps parents in prison to record bedtime stories and messages for their children on CD or DVD.
*The Alliance for Youth Justice is an associate member of the CJA.
The Alliance for Youth Justice brings together non-profit organisations advocating for and with children to drive positive change in youth justice in England and Wales.
The St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage and create safer communities by supporting people to change their lives. It uses expertise and real-life past experiences to empower people