As one of the approved providers for the Impact Readiness Fund we are looking for social ventures with an ambition to grow and become sustainable. A £1.5 million worth fund managed by the Social Investment Business for the Cabinet Office aims to support social ventures to understand and improve their social impact with a view to attract social investment and win contracts.
On this year's international human rights day, I offer my reflections on a human centered criminal justice system. These were generated following the 19th and 20th of November IARS’ 3rd Annual International Conference – A victim-led Criminal Justice System? which I had the honour of chairing. Over 20 countries were represented including South Africa, Canada, Sierra Leone, the US, Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Greece, and Spain.
Over 20 countries were represented at the IARS 3rd Annual International Conference – A victim-led Criminal Justice System? that took place on 19-20 November marking International Restorative Justice Week.
Following the successful conclusion of the London Youth Now programme, IARS is pleased to announce the release of its evaluation report "Youth Voices Matter". The report is the output of the 5-year Big Lottery funded the "London Youth Now" programme.
The role of youth work in supporting young people in vulnerable situations will be discussed at an international conference that will be taking place on the 25th – 28th November in Malta.
I remember one afternoon in November 2012 in Vancouver, asking my friend Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, Director of Canadian-based Peace of the Circle, why Restorative Justice week is not a international event. Initiated by the Correctional Service Canada (CSC), it has been celebrated annually across Canada since 1996.
Current developments and reforms that occur nationally and internationally in order to incorporate victims’ rights in the criminal justice system will be debated at IARS’ 3rd International Annual Conference 2014 titled “A Victim-led Criminal Justice System?”, that will take place during International Restorative Justice Week 2014, on 19th-20th November in central London at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple (Middle Temple Lane, EC4Y 9AT). The event will be co-chaired by Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS Director) and Patron Simon Israel (Channel 4 TV).
At a critical point in the development of IARS, we are proud to announce that three high profile figures have joined the IARS team as its Patrons. These are: Emeritus Professor Dr. Judy Atkinson (ex-Director of Gnibi the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples), Professor Dr. Kay Hampton (Scottish Human Rights Commissioner) and Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent). Professor Dr. Howard Williamson CBE (University of South Wales) and Dr. Daniel Briggs (Universidad Europea de Madrid) also joined IARS Academic Board.