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