IARS is pleased to release its Impact Report for 2011/12. Despite the economically and politically challenging environment, over the last year, IARS has grown significantly and achieved a great deal in all areas of our work. Most excitingly, IARS is looking forward to showcasing some of our new research at our Annual Conference – ‘Community-Led Solutions to Crime’, on 26th September at Middle Temple. Click here for more information and bookings. Read on to discover highlights and how to download the full report.
From a research perspective, four publications have been released this year: “Restorative Justice & the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People in Custody”, “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”, “Restorative Justice in the UK”, and “Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice with Street Group Violence”, along with Volume 2, Issue 2 of the peer-reviewed Youth Voice Journal.
Sharing best practice and encouraging debate remains a strong point of the organisation: the Restorative Justice Research Network was founded; linking practitioners and academics; news and views were shared on our website, viewed by over 14,300 people, and spread by our newsletter, with over 2,000 subscribers; and our national conference for 100 people discussing Restorative Justice and Prisons was a resounding success. Our presence internationally has grown, with our work being presented in at least 8 countries, as well as in all corners of the UK. Our social media presence has nearly doubled, with a massive increase in followers and dialogue on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Acting as an independent, authoritative and evidence-based body is another priority, and our reputation as this has been cemented, through submitting over 20 consultation responses regarding various issues, and providing information to key decision-making national and international bodies.
From a ‘Youth-Led’ perspective, our 99% Campaign continued to support over 2,000 volunteers. IARS supported 72 part-time internships and 775 volunteering opportunities. Another 554 young people were given the chance to be involved in research. Our youth-led film “Sporting Sisters: Stories of Muslin Women in Sport” was watched by over 3,000 viewers on YouTube.
What our Young People say:
“My confidence level wasn’t that good before joining IARS but since I started attending the meetings and doing different activities, I have improved a lot and I am able to participate in any debate or discussion that goes on. My confidence level is very high now.”
Clare Askew, an IARS Intern said: “IARS gave me confidence and a feeling of personal achievement. My confidence was growth further when I was offered a position to support the running of IARS’ 99% youth-led campaign. Being entrusted with this role was a huge incentive to do well; for the IARS tem, the campaign and for myself.”
100% of our volunteers surveyed rated both their self-motivation skills and teamwork skills as between 7 and 10 out of 10 – an increase of nearly 10% compared to when they started.
The Impact Report is available for download or in hard copy. If you would like a hard copy please contact us.
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