In a changing social landscape certain community groups are relegated to the bottom of policy and funding agendas. To prevent the most marginalised voices from being drowned out, the call for action is greater than ever. Without such, our efforts to build a fairer and more inclusive society will prove futile (Follow on Twitter #IARS2013).

The conference is accredited with 6 CPD hours from the Bar Standards Board

The IARS Annual Conference 2013 will bridge this gap by launching new research and debating recent developments in three main areas: race & the criminal justice system, gender & abuse, and restorative justice & rehablitation. The conference will be taking place on Friday 6 of December, 09:30 – 17:00 at The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, Main Hall,Parliament Room, London EC4Y 9AT.  Academics, community leaders, politicians and representatives of key organisations will come together to explore these issues. The conference will open with keynote speeches which will then be complemented with three expert panels structured around IARS 2013 research programmes. The event is CPD accredited for 6 hours by the Bar Standards Board. 

Keynote speakers:

  • Sir George Newman – Senior judge and IARS Patron
  • Baljit Ubhey – Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS
  • Emily Thomas – Ministry of Justice Transforming Rehabilitation Implementation Leader
  • Dr. Theo Gavrielides – IARS Founder & Director

Panel 1 – “Race equality in a changing criminal justice system”

The current reforms in the criminal justice system and the restructure of the probation service have shaken a number of priorities including those relating to race equality. Following an independent review of the London Probation Trust and the production of the 2013 LPT-IARS book “Race in Probation”, this panel will debate new evidence on improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Eila Davis – Head of Operational Delivery Support Probation, NOMS
  • Janett Brown – Head of Equalities, London Probation Trust
  • Annemarie Theilade – Representative of the Association of Black Probation Staff (ABPO)
  • A user of probation

Panel 2 – “Pushing the barriers of restorative justice and rehabilitation through psychology”

The panel will debate findings from the recent publication Gavrielides, T. and Worth, P. (2013). “Another push for restorative justice: Positive psychology & offender rehabilitation” in Crime: International Perspectives, Socioeconomic Factors and Psychological Implications“, USA: Nova Science Publishers. What can restorative justice learn from positive psychology? Is there anything to be gained from this relationship for rehabilitation theories? How can the victim and the community be brought into the rehabilitation debate?

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Piers Worth – Head of Psychology at Bucks New University
  • Simon Fullford – CEO of Khulisa
  • Marina Cantacuzino – CEO of the Forgiveness Project
  • Professor Joanna Adler – Professor of Forensic Psychology, Middlesex University and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Dr. Mark Coulson – Reader in Psychology, Middlesex University
  • Gabrielle Brownevictim

Panel 3 – “No more abuse for refugee & asylum seeking women”

The final panel will debate the findings of a three year IARS project co-funded by Comic Relief and Matrix Chambers on increasing gender sensitivity in the treatment of refugee and asylum-seeking women. The IARS 2013 book “Abused no More, the Voices of Refugee and Asylum Seeking women”  will be launched.

Confirmed Panelists:  

  • Lynne Berry OBE – Chair of the Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector
  • Professor Margaret Greenfields – Professor at Buckinghamshire New University
  • Mulat Haregot – Director of the Evelyn Oldfield Unit
  • Dr. Natalia Paszkiewicz – IARS Research Coordinator
  • A refugee woman.

To visit the IARS Annual Conference 2012 website click here 

Ticket Sales & Sponsors

EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until 17th November at a minimum price of £20 (see below for this option).

IARS members and certain groups (e.g. students, probation & prison staff, small VCS orgs) will get an 25% discount from current price of £60, which means an early bird price of £40. Ticket price includes:

  1. Entry to Middle Temple, the conference and the wine reception
  2. Copy of the books that are to be launched at the conference and in particular:

Special discount of  50% will be available to all attendees. 

  1. Certificate of Attendance.
  2. Accredited for CPD hours from the Bar Standards Board

There is the option of removing the two books bringing the ticket price down to £20! To book your ticket please click on this link or email events@iars.org.uk

All proceeds will go to the charity to continue its charitable mission.

For sponsorship opportunities, book exhibitions and to book a stand at the conference please email events@iars.org.uk The event is kindly supported by Matrix Chambers and the Big Lottery Fund.

Prices Options

Cancellation policy: you may cancel your ticket and receive a refund by 15 November at 5pm by emailing events@iars.org.uk or calling 0207 820 0945. Cancellation incurs a 20% administration fee. If you wish to cancel your ticket after this date IARS will not be able to provide you with a refund.


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IARS. Annual Conference 2013 Agenda Listening to Community Evidence 06.12.2013


We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  



Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.