Reducing Reoffending, 17 February, Edinburgh

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Reducing Reoffending

**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - 20% OFF ALL DELEGATE RATES ON FIRST 20 BOOKINGS BEFORE 18:00 WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER** Quote code RR20 to claim

The Event

A forum to explore the latest research, policy and good practice in what works to help people with convictions change their lives and reduce reoffending.

The Context

Scotland continues to have one of the highest prison populations per head in Western and Northern Europe, with those going through the criminal justice system still disproportionately drawn from our poorest and most disadvantaged communities.

With a consultation on the presumption against short sentences and a new model of community justice being implemented how can we adopt better, smarter approaches to help people change their lives?

Learning objectives

  • The latest policy developments  - what will they mean for justice services and people with convictions in Scotland
  • Improving interventions, transitions and integration to try and promote and sustain desistance
  • Share and learn from peers, practitioners and key stakeholders to inform future practice

Agenda*

Session 1: Evaluating offending and interventions in Scotland

10:05    Scottish Prison Service address

    Colin McConnell, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service

10:25    What works to reduce offending

10:45    Is the justice system entrenching people in poverty and exacerbating crime?

             New findings from Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions

    Professor Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh

11:05    Questions and discussion

11:20    Refreshments

Session 2: Improving transitions 

11:40    The importance of a home in reducing reoffending

    Emma Dore, Senior Policy Officer, Shelter Scotland

12:00    The perspective from social work

    Sean McKendrick, Vice Chair, Criminal Justice Standing Committee, Social Work Scotland

12:20    Managing health issues

12:40    Questions and discussion

12:55    Lunch

Session 3: Promoting and sustaining desistance

13:45    Families and communities

14:05    Education and employment

14:25    Good practice case study

14:45    Questions and discussion

15:00    Close of event

*Agenda and speakers subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location: Central Edinburgh

Delegate rates:

Third sector - £149 + VAT

Public sector - £199 + VAT

Private sector - £249 + VAT

For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email craig@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1691