Overview

16 Mar, 20229:15 am-3:30 pm
Online Training Course

About

There are over 11 million people in the UK with a criminal record, and Ministry of Justice figures show that, on average, only 17% of former prisoners manage to gain employment within a year of release – but those who do are up to 9% less likely to reoffend. The Supporting the Employment of Prison Leavers Online Training Course exists to guide organisations looking to employ and support prison leavers. Delegates will explore what hiring prison leavers may look like, gain insights into the challenges that people with a criminal record can face when looking for work, how some mainstream processes can discriminate against them, as well as why hiring prison leavers will be hugely beneficial and valuable to their organisation. Delegates will have access to case studies, examples of best practice, and engage in discussion on how best to support prison leavers into meaningful and long-term employment and improve their businesses.

 

Policy Background

With the Budget 2021 committing £200 million a year to improve prison leavers’ access to accommodation, employment support and substance misuse treatment by 2024-25 it is evident that supporting ex-offenders upon release from prison is increasingly becoming a priority for the government as the skills gap widens. Over half of employer’s state that they are unable to address skills gaps in their workforce, and with the cost of filling the average non-managerial vacancy costs totalling around £2,000 opening recruitment up to prison leavers can help reduce costs whilst diversifying and enriching your workforce. Reoffending costs the economy somewhere in the region of £11 billion, however only 25% of men leave prison into some form of employment and the statistic for women is even lower at 20%. New Futures Network highlight that entering employment upon release has proven to reduce re-offending by 9%, illustrating how valuable this can be, and many people with experience of the criminal justice systems have a wide range of skills to suit almost any sector, making them ideal job-ready candidates.

Agenda

9:15 am
Logging In and Accessing the Platform
9:30 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Aimed at building practical strategies and increasing understanding in order to develop inclusive and supportive employment for those with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an enhanced understanding of  the mutually benefits of hiring people with lived experience
  • Engage with our expert trainer to better understand some of the challenges that people with lived experience deal with
  • Outline the central learning objectives for the training and explore what you hope to achieve
  • Provide an opportunity to share your training goals with your fellow delegates
  • Start to tailor your own personal learning objectives
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
9:40 am
Session 1: An Introduction to Hiring People with Lived Experience of The Criminal Justice System

Through presentation, discussion and interactive activities, this session will:

  • Highlight and address some of the systemic challenges people with lived experience face when seeking employment opportunities,
  • Explore the importance of including people with lived experience when development diversity and inclusion strategies, creating a culture that effectively supports employees with a criminal record
  • Challenge the inclusivity of your organisation and hiring practices, whilst sharing insights into how to begin hiring prison leavers
  • Explore the benefits to the individual, as well as to your organisation, from hiring people with lived experience
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
10:40 am
Session 2: Relationship Building and Understanding Complex Needs

Through presentation, discussion and interactive activities, this session will:

  • Explore what is meant by ‘building relationships’ and consider what this may look like when employing someone with lived experience of the criminal justice system
  • Discuss role successful relationship building plays in effectively supporting people with a criminal record into employment from an employee-employer perspective
  • Offer insights into the fractured relationship people with lived experience may have with trust and authority, supporting you in developed a more informed and supportive approach
  • Address the importance building strong relationships and offer practical tools and guidance to support you in positively repairing ruptured relationships with employees
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
11:40 am
Morning Break
12:00 pm
Session 3: Understanding Safeguarding and Mental Health Requirements

Through presentation, discussion and interactive activities, this session will:

  •  Draw upon the outcomes of a project Noel has led at HMP Bristol focused on supporting prisoners with their mental health
  • Provider you with an enhance understanding of both safeguarding and mental health needs of people with lived experience, specifically looking at how this can differ from people who have do not have lived experience of the criminal justice systems
  • Explore warning signs and how to spot abuse and mistreatment of employees
  • Challenge common misconceptions around mental health and encourage you to focus on employers with lived experiences as individuals, considering the likely complex history that they will be living with and how this may manifest in the workplace
  • Reflect upon mental health as a whole, exploring the research behind how being imprisoned can impact and damage the mental health of those with lived experience of the criminal justice system.
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:45 pm
Session 4: Supporting People with Lived Experience in Their Professional Development

Through presentation, discussion and interactive activities, this session will:

  • Consider the role of ‘soft skills’ in the work readiness of people with lived experience, reflecting upon how employment can support in the development of teamwork, emotional literacy and active listening skills
  • Provide guidance on how delegates can embed inclusive learning practices into employment opportunities that support the strengths of employees with lived experience
  • Explore in further detail the vital role active listening plays in building strong and positive relationships with employees
  • Discuss methods to encourage ‘soft skills’ development that could be implemented as part of your organisation’s employment action plan post-training
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Session 5: Creating A Strategy to Support the Employment of People with Lived Experience

Interactive Breakout Groups Session

In this session, delegates will split into breakout rooms to:

  • Discuss with other delegates some of the barriers that have prevented them for exploring employing prison leavers before
  • Share knowledge, opportunities, and challenges of implementation thus far
  • Develop strategic plans to address discriminatory hiring practices that automatically reject applications from people with criminal records
  • Explore the ways in which hiring prison leavers may support delegates in overcoming challenges they face within their organisation such as reducing hiring overheads, increasing retention, and developing a strong skills workforce
  • Discuss how best to engage key stakeholders to ensure your strategy is understood and supported
  • Take the first steps to create an employment and retention strategy to take back to your organisation to support the inclusion of people with lived experience into your workforce
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Session 4: Group Feedback and Plenary Discussion
Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Trainers Summary, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

Noel Moran
Noel Moran
Business Manager
Penal Reform Solutions
Confirmed

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