Translating Practice into Policy: the Value of Practitioner led Research The Griffins Society Model

24 March 2014 – 15.00-18.00 (with networking event after)
IOM3, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DB

We would like to invite you to a workshop debating practitioner-led research, through the prism of research into effective treatment of females within the justice system.

The workshop will examine the value, challenges and opportunities for practitioner led research to influence practice and policy, using past and present Griffins Society sponsored research as an illustration. For over ten years the Griffins Society has been funding research by practitioners who seek to bring about change in the treatment of women and girls who offend and those at risk of offending. Keynote speakers will also include Prof. Carol Hedderman, University of Leicester.

The workshop comes in the context of the establishment of a new Probation Institute from March 2014, aiming to become a centre for excellence and professional home for probation, and will examine what opportunities for practitioner led research may arise in the future operating environment for probation.  A draft programme can be found below.

Wiltshire Probation Trust and the Probation Chiefs Association have sponsored the workshop, and this is a joint initiative of the Griffins Society and the PCA’s women offender portfolio group led by Liz Rijnenberg, CE of Wiltshire Probation Trust.

In particular, the workshop would be suitable for those involved in the commissioning and undertaking of research/evaluations into community justice more widely, and also those with a particular interest in rehabilitative work with the female cohort. You also would be very welcome to forward this invite on to local partners who may have an interest in attending.

The workshop will take place on Monday 24 March in London with the workshop starting at 15.00 and finishing at 18.00 (refreshments upon arrival from 14.30 and a networking event from 18.00-19.00). The workshop is being held at IOM3, 1 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5DB (approx. 5 minute walk from Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster or Green Park tube stations: see map attached below).

The workshop is free to attend, although unfortunately we are unable to compensate individual travel expenses. Please get in touch with Christine Leeson at  to nominate delegates or if you have any further questions concerning the event.

Provisional Programme

14.30– refreshments upon arrival

15.00 – Welcome, Savas Hadjipavlou, CE of PCA

15.05-15.20 – ‘Practitioners, Academics and Policy Makers – a virtuous triangle?’
Prof. Carol Hedderman, University of Leicester

15.20-15.30 – ‘The Griffins Model – a bottom up approach’
Chris Leeson, Director of the Griffins Society

15.30-16.00 – Case Study 1: ‘what success looks like’
Sex workers in prison – changing minds and changing practices’
Griffins Fellow, Louise Clarke (Development Officer, Clinks)

16.00-16.30 – Case Study 2: ‘sometimes a simple change is all that’s needed’
Women the Parole Board and the meaning of risk
Griffins Fellow, Dawn McAleenan (Methodist Action)

16.30-17.00 – Case Study 3: ‘converting practice into policy – just how hard can it be?’
Griffins Fellow, Sue Jordan (SPO Leicestershire & Rutland Probation Trust)

17.00-17.55 – Panel discussion: why should practice drive policy?
Panel members: Carol Hedderman, University of Leicester, Roma Hooper, Chair of the Griffins Society, Liz Rijnenberg, CE of Wiltshire Probation Trust and PCA female offender lead, MoJ/NOMs Research and Manchester Pathway (TBC)

17.55-18.00 – The Probation Institute update

18.00-19.00 – Networking event

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