” Very extensive range of speakers and very informative”- delegates comment at our Criminal Justice Conference

 For those working in Warwickshire and West Mercia. Held at Hindlip  Police HQ on 19 October

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Networking lunch

Networking lunch

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YSS and Futures Unlocked Operational Managers and Director

speakers table

Lorraine Preece YSS CEO and speakers

Warwickshire and West Mercia Criminal Justice conference, held at Hindlip Police HQ, attracted over 120 delegates who heard updates on priorities and changes since Transforming Rehabilitation , and looked at how we can work together better. This was followed a networking lunch.

Comments from delegates included

” Excellent presentations, very informative and good networking”; ” So inspirational showing a different way to view offenders ” ; ” A superbly well planned day” ; ” Very useful to have lots of information about individual services”; ” Very extensive range of speakers and very informative”; ” Good for meeting new colleagues across geographical boundaries ”  and  ” Very good catch up  of what’s happening”.

The event hosted by the West Mercia Police, sponsored by the Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company, and organised by YSS, attracted speakers from all avenues of criminal justice:

  • •Chief Superintendent Stephen Cullen, Warwickshire and West Mercia Police ,
    •Andy Moss MD Justice division for PeoplePlus,
    •Liz Stafford , CEO, Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company,
    •Tom Currie and Andy Wade from National Probation Service ,
    •Barrie Sheldon Deputy West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner,
    •Ron Ball, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner,
    •Jackie Quirke and Jenny Steel from HMP Hewell and HMP Featherstone
    •Mike Olner Ixion regional manager.
    •Voluntary sector working in the criminal justice fields was represented by Matt Home, Willowdene,-Jackie Oglethorpe and Emma Wells From Futures Unlocked and Lorraine Preece, CEO YSS.
  • The speakers presentations from the  event can be  found at Resources



The police stated that  they were  experiencing an increase in demand, but the nature of the crimes was changing.  As with all aspects of criminal justice budget cuts  had lead to restructuring. For the police   the creation of  the Alliance  was one of the national ground breaking  examples.

Andy Moss  explained  the  development  of Criminal Justice  portfolio in the EOS/ Avanta/ PeoplePlus  journey, and  their current position. For Probation services the split into Community Rehabilitation Companies and the National Probation Service has now been in place for over 1 year, and the first  reducing  reoffending figures are due soon  for this period, as this target is at the heart of all their work.  For Warwickshire National Probation Service  there have been additional  complexities of working with 2 police forces and 2 Police and crime commissioners. Their  re-structuring has  involved  creation of a new court team.

Ron Ball added that this conference was a brilliant idea for all. The successful  work of the Warwickshire and West Mercia  Community Rehabilitation Company in prisons, a new venture, was  started  ahead of schedule and the “Through the Gate  project”  working in  partnership  with Futures Unlocked and YSS contributes   to  assisting resettlement in communities for prisoners.

Ixion explained as the ” new kid on the block”  they were very interested in developing their partnership  working in this region .

YSS was praised for its work by  Barrie Sheldon, who  noted that as part of an independent evaluation, YSS  were able to evidence a substantial social  return on investment  (SROI)  for every £1 spent. Voluntary sector organisations often go the extra mile to achieve outcomes and in  recent partnerships this was illustrated  by  Willowdene and HMP Featherstone and HMP Hewell on the SAR (specified activity  requirement) projects. Futures Unlocked explained that  they have  recently re-evaluated  their role and have moved to  new premises in Warwickshire with a retail outlet and  cafe  and are now also working with families. This is in addition to  working on Meet and Mentor  projects  in Warwickshire.

One delegate  said at the end of the event ” That was one of the most useful mornings I have spent  in  the past year!”



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Susanna McFarlane, YSS Chair of Trustees and Barrie Sheldon

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