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Unilink is discussing prisons in England and Wales

Unilink will take part in the forum “Prisons in England and Wales – investment, governance and rehabilitationwhich will take place on Monday, 18th April 2016 in The Caledonian Club.

Guest of Honour at the event will be Robert Neill MP, Chair of Justice Committee. The focus of the discussions will be on the way ahead for prisons policy in England and Wales. The seminar is timed to assess the impact of Government’s recently announced prison reform programme (which includes plans to build nine new prisons) and will consider key challenges facing the prison estate – including issues in relation to capacity, facilities, funding and governance.

It is also scheduled as Government’s newly commissioned review on education in adult prisons is expected to report – which will look into the scope, quality and effectiveness of education provision for adults in custody, as well as how to support rehabilitation across different segments of prison learners.

The seminar will also provide a timely opportunity for engagement on policy development as significant prison reforms from the last Parliament bed in – notably the Prison Unit Cost programme, the introduction of public sector benchmarking and the recent Transforming Rehabilitation Programme. Planned sessions assess the next steps for estate modernisation and reconfiguration; challenges ahead for delivering efficiency savings; latest thinking on prison overcrowding and improving safety and security within custody; delivering opportunities for education and training in prison; and ensuring ‘through-the-gate’ support and effective rehabilitation for offenders.

Among the delegates will be also Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust and Panel Member, Review of Prison Education and Professor Yvonne Jewkes, Research Professor in Criminology, University of Brighton, Dee Anand, Chair, Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society; Darren Burns, National Recruitment Ambassador, Timpson Group; Peter Cox, Managing Director, Novus, The Manchester College Group; Peter Dawson, Deputy Director, Prison Reform Trust; Steve Gillan, General Secretary, Prison Officers’ Association; Erwin James, Author and Columnist, The Guardian; Mark Johnson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, User Voice; Oliver Lodge, Director, Ministry of Justice Value for Money, National Audit Office; David Nisbet, Partner, Pick Everard and Peter Small, Director, HMP Birmingham have also agreed to speak.

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