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Code of Practice (Archived)

Voluntary sector organisations often use offenders or former offenders in an advisory capacity to inform policy, respond to government proposals and to speak at events or to the media.

The use of offenders and former offenders in these areas has a central role in raising the awareness of issues relating to offending behaviour as well as proposing potential solutions for effective resettlement.

Voluntary sector organisations are well placed to encourage and promote a more balanced coverage of offender-related issues and to support those involved in telling their story in an appropriate way. This code covers occasions when individuals are telling their story, representing an organisation or talking about the criminal justice system in general.

We have developed a code of practice and set of standards to ensure this process is managed effectively and to protect the interests of all parties involved. This code is relevant to all offenders/former offenders, whether they are an employee, volunteer or a representative.

The code has been developed by a coalition of voluntary sector organisations and includes best practice standards on the following sections:

  1. Equality and respect
  2. Organisational management
  3. Reward, recognition and payment
  4. Training and support

The coalition aims to provide support, training and documentation for colleagues within the voluntary sector with a view to getting voluntary and public sector organisations to sign up to the code.

Published: 2009