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NATIONAL AND LOCAL POLICY INFORMED BY THE BEST EVIDENCE AND LIVED EXPERIENCE

Policy

Many aspects of local and national policy affect the revolving doors group. Our policy team works with partners from many sectors to influence and improve policy, services and, ultimately, outcomes. We aim to involve people with lived experience in consultations and inquiries, and feed their insights and experience into our formal submissions and responses.

If you work in policy, commissioning, services, or have lived experience contact us to find out more

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Response to the House of Lords Public Service Committee’s inquiry on the impact of Covid-19

This is our response to the House of Lords Public Service Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on services and how services meet users’ needs.

Before Covid-19, many people were already facing multiple problems accessing services. Although there were some positive signs during the first lockdown, it is clear that people facing severe and multiple disadvantage are now worse off.

Most services now assume that users have moved online and have the skills to access services digitally. However, many people facing multiple disadvantage are still digitally excluded. We also hear that a deep divide remains between professionals and people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage.

We recommend that future services should be co-designed, co-commissioned, co-delivered and co-evaluated with people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage. We also recommend that services should be accessible and inclusive, understanding and responding to the needs and diversity of the communities they serve.

Entrenching Racial Disparities - Response to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill

This briefing responds to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill. It explains our concerns that the bill will further entrench racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

We applaud the government’s commitment in recent years to tackling racial disparity in the criminal justice system. But despite this commitment, Black, Asian and minority ethnic people continue to face much poorer outcomes than White people and have lower levels of trust in the system. They make up 14% of the population of England and Wales, but 27% of the prison population.

Racism and structural inequalities also have a cumulative impact on people who come into conflict with the law. Decisions about where, and on whom, to focus police time and effort affect who will come into contact with the police. As a result, some types of crime are over-policed (receive a lot of attention) whereas other types of crime are under-policed.

MoJ Strengthening Probation Building Confidence

In 2018, the Ministry of Justice conducted a consultation - 'Strengthening probation, building confidence' - to consider probation reform. Our response brought together our research and policy expertise with the input of people with recent lived experience of the criminal justice system.

We carried out interviews and focus groups to get the direct input of around 100 people with relevant lived experience in the last three years. As well as responding to the consultation’s 15 questions, we also made several recommendations:

  • The government must require all probation contract providers to prove that they involve people with lived experience in designing and delivering their service.
  • Peer support should be embedded in probation.
  • The peer support model being rolled out across the country as part of national Liaison and Diversion services should be considered for adaptation for the probation services.
  • The focus of probation contact should be on the quality and length of each appointment with the responsible officer, as much as on frequency.
  • All unpaid work schemes should adhere to five principles - clear community connection, strength-based employment, incentives, holistic support and opportunities for employment.
  • All probation services should become trauma informed.
  • The government should introduce a presumption against the use of custodial sentences of less than six months.