Nick Spencer cuts through the complexities of religion and law to give a clear and judicious overview of what is at stake.
Collaboration or Competition? Cooperation or Contestability?
1st February 2012
Since the emergence of the modern criminal justice system in the nineteenth century, what we know now as the Voluntary Sector has sought to improve the lot of those imprisoned or affected by imprisonment. By 2005, the Home Office estimated that somewhere in the region of 1,500 organisations were working directly in prisons or with probation agencies, a figure which probably omits a huge number of services which operate 'below the radar'.
The rhetoric and practice of the 'Big Society', combined with fierce pressure to reduce government spending, poses a significant challenge to the voluntary sector. How can any organisation produce more outcome for less investment? This report attempts to take the temperature amongst voluntary sector agencies in the criminal justice sector and to explore the level and role of partnership working. Where is there scope for collaboration, and how can this be best achieved?
Report on research carried out by Theos on behalf of the Joseph Rank Trust.