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Mike Penning details inconsistent PCC spending on RJ services

As part of the Justice Select Committee Inquiry into Restorative Justice, the Minister of State for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mike Penning, has provided written evidence as to the amount of funding spent by each Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) across England and Wales in commissioning restorative justice services between 2013 - 2016. The evidence also provides accompanying narratives on how the money was spent and what types of services have been established or engaged.

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One off Justice Committee session probes radicalisation in prisons & new 'reform prisons'

The Justice Committee has held a one off evidence session, attended by Ian Acheson who recently conducted a review into radicalisation within prisons, and former Justice Secretary, Michael Gove. Covering both the review as well as the roll out of new reform prisons recently announced by the Government, the session shed some light on how progress is going to be made in relation to these two central issues.

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IARS Submission of Evidence: New Strategy for Carers

In March 2016 the Department of Health announced their plans to set out a new strategy for carers that reflects their lives, their health and financial concerns and give them the support they need to live well while caring for a family member or friend.

In this framework, a call for evidence was announced seeking consultation with carers and the broader sector including care receivers, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support and work directly with carers. 

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IARS Young People's Response to the Youth Justice System Review

The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to submit a response to the departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review that is led by Charlie Taylor examines evidences on;

·         What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice;

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IARS Response to the Human Rights and Business Inquiry launched by the JC on Human Rights

In June 2016 the Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, has announced an inquiry into human rights and business. This considers progress by the Government in implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights, by means of the National Action Plan published in 2013 and revised in May 2016.

Inquiry background

The inquiry looks in particular at:

·         What steps the Government takes to monitor compliance with the UN Guiding Principles

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Press Release: “Focusing on what matters in Europe: Empowering our Marginalised Youth”

This week, Europe will be coming out of the 'UK Referendum shock' and enter into a process of managing it. The IARS International Institute and its “Abused No More” partnership find this to be the right timing to release its youth-led pan-European investigation into what matters for young people in Europe when it comes to their rights.

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In September 2015 Charlie Taylor was asked to lead a departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review is examining evidence on:

-          What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice;

-          How the youth justice system can most effectively interact with wider services for children and young people; and

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IARS attends Second Transnational Move On project meeting in Greece

Yesterday IARS Director and Founder, Dr Theo Gavrielides presented research report on “Gendered migration patterns in the UK: Policy context and service provision” at the 2nd Transnational Move On Meeting in Athens, Greece.

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3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice

The IARS International Institute is delighted to welcome the 3rd International Symposium on Restorative Justice, hosted by the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) which  is due to commence later this week. The IARS International Institute has enjoyed a long partnership with RJ4All, collaborating on many projects, and strongly supports the work of the Symposium. Under the theme "Disciplining and Taking Restorative Justice Forward: From Research & Theory to International Policy & Practice", the Symposium will run from 17-24 June 2016 in Skopelos, Greece. 

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The UK Government is dividing refugee families, says the UN Committee on Rights of the Child

Yesterday the UK Parliament held a debate on the refugee family reunion rules. The UK, unlike other EU countries, does not allow children who have travelled alone and then been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection to bring even their very closest family members to join them.

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