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Developing collaboration

Clinks aims to support organisations looking to engage in partnership and collaborative working. The increasing size of contracts from the Government has led to Sector interest in bidding in consortia; collaboration offers the possibility for more holistic, intergrated services; and in difficult economic times, may offer opportunities for reducing expenditure.  

The following resources and sources of information demonstrate good practice and provide a variety of information to assist your organisation in developing partnerships and collaboration.

Partnership Finder
Developing a criminal justice network
Online learning
Legal information
Integrated offender management resources
Local partnership work in the South West
Publications

Partnership Finder

Clinks' Partnership Finder is a new online directory of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations working in criminal justice and rehabilitation. It is designed to help you: identify partners, build consortia, promote your services to commissioners and prime providers.
 

Developing a criminal justice network

This Do it Justice guide advises on how to set up a network of voluntary sector organisations in order to collaborate and develop a strategic voice
 

Online learning

An e-learning module outlining how collaborative working can benefit you when bidding for contracts 
 

Legal information

Understand some of the legal implications of collaborative arrangements with this module, which is part of our guide to the Industry Standard Partnering Agreement (ISPA). Though specifically for organisations looking to subcontract under Transforming Rehabilitation, the guide contains some useful information for any organisation thinking about partnership work. 
 

Integrated offender management resources

This series of resources draws on the learning from Building Voluntary and Community Sector Involvement in Integrated Offender Management, a programme that was funded by the Home Office and managed by Clinks. Resource 4, in particular, aims to help VCS organisations to engage with local IOM arrangements and other Criminal Justice System (CJS) structures.
 

Local partnership work in the South West

From 2008-2011, Clinks helped to develop local partnership work by VCS organisations and public sector criminal justice agencies in every Probation Trust area in the South West region, working in partnership wherever possible with Local Support and Development Organisations such as Councils for Voluntary Service. Click here to read more.
 

Publications

Making partnerships work: a brief guide for the voluntary sector - Written by ACEVO and Candour Collaborations in partnership with Clinks, this guide highlights some of the issues that could arise in developing partnerships, and some of the benefits you should be looking to secure from your partners. 

Safer Future Communities: Good practice in partnership working - A case study demonstrating good practice in partnership working involving The Police and Youth Encouragement Scheme (PAYES) and the Brathay Trust, Ambleside.

SEE ALSO: PARTNERSHIP WORKING LINKS