New research on 3 crucial policy areas, race & the criminal justice system, gender & abuse, and restorative justice & rehabilitation, will be launched and debated at IARS much anticipated Annual Conference 2013. The conference, “Listening to Community Evidence: Gender, Race and Restorative Justice” will take place on Friday 6th of December, 10:00 – 17:00 at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Keynote speakers include, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, Baljit Ubhey and the implementation leader for the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, Emily Thomas. Both speakers will open discussions, following a warm welcome by Sir George Newman, senior judge and IARS Patron.  Professor Paul Senior, Director for Hallam Centre of Community Justice and Co-editor of the British Journal of Community Justice will also prologue two key publications that will be launched at the event:

– Gavrielides, T. and Artinopoulou, V. (2013). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate: London

–  Gavrielides, T. and Blake, S. (2013). Race in Probation: Improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation services, IARS Publications: London.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, Baljit Ubhey said: “Events like these are vital to spark debate, increase our knowledge and learn from best practice. It is essential that the CPS works in partnership with the communities we serve, making everyone aware of what the CPS does in order to give victims and witnesses the confidence to report crimes and support prosecutions. One of my priorities as Chief Crown Prosecutor for London is to improve the way we communicate with victims and witnesses.”

The IARS conference promises to be a unique opportunity to hear from users, with first-hand experience, of the unprecedented shifts in public service provisions. The IARS’ conference will focus the attention of policymakers and academics on genuine user experiences; it will offer communities, impacted by criminal justice and immigration and legal reforms, to make their voices heard directly by policy makers.

Professor Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director said: “The government must listen to the users of services that it aims to reform. We have never seen a more drastic and speedy restructure of criminal justice and legal services. I am pleased that we are providing vehicle for a good debate between users, practitioners and government”.

Following the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s “Transforming Rehabilitation” programme, the “Race equality in a changing criminal justice system” panel will discuss changes and outcomes for probation service users. The main focus will concern the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic users.

Leader for the Implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation, Emily Thomas said: “I am delighted to be speaking at the IARS conference.  This is a great opportunity to talk about the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms to this audience and to discuss issues which are important to all stakeholders.”

Furthermore, the “No more abuse for refugee & asylum seeking women” panel will reveal evidence from its 3-year Comic Relief project on refugee and asylum-seeking women experiences of public service provision.  In offering a myriad perspective, the third panel will debate the increasing need for gender sensitivity when it comes to GP services and legal practitioners.

Finally, the conference will finish by deliberating the impact of positive psychology approaches on rehabilitation theories. With the recent publication of Gavrielides, T. and Worth, P. (2013). Another push for restorative justice: Positive psychology & offender rehabilitation”, experts will discuss the advantages of adding victim and the community perspectives to the rehabilitation process.

Key highlights of the event:

3 new publications will be launched:

 SPECIAL RELEASE: Book Launch   Gavrielides, T. and Artinopoulou, V. (2013). Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy, Ashgate: London

–  RRP £9.99 – Gavrielides, T. and Blake, S. (2013). Race in Probation: Improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation services, IARS Publications: London.

–   RRP £9.99 – Challenger, H. (2013). Abused No More: The Voices of Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women, IARS Publications: London

***The conference is CPD accredited event for 6 hours from the Bar Standards Board

*** There are a limited number of tickets available for the event. To reserve a place please book here.

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Contact: Andriana Ntziadima – IARS Promotions & Resources Manager |a.ntziadima@iars.org.uk|02078200945|07833224442|

About IARS

IARS is a UK-based leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.

We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. IARS is an international expert in criminal justice, restorative justice, human rights and inclusion,

 

citizenship, public service and user-led research. To find out more about IARS please follow the link www.iars.org.uk

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