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Information for umbrella organisations

If you work for an umbrella or membership organisation in the voluntary sector it is likely that your members will have some contact with offenders and their familes.  Clinks provides a range of resources and organises training and events which will help you understand the issues that organisations working with offenders are facing and how you can support them.

Introduction to the CJS

Clinks have produced an introductory overview of the criminal justice system (CJS). Umbrella organisations that do not work exclusively within the CJS may find this to be a useful resource to increase understanding of the work done by members who do. Click here to read the report.

Local development work

If you work for an umbrella organisation based in the North East, North West, South West or Wales then Clinks may be able to support you. Click here to read more about how our local support team are able to support LSDOs (Local Support and Development Organisations) and contact them to discuss further.


Umbrella organisations can benefit from Clinks' extensive Criminal Justice System expertise and experience by becoming Members. Regular email updates and policy briefings exclusive to Members are a convenient way to keep up with the latest updates from the sector - and in turn meet the needs of your own membership. In addition, you'll also get discounts on training and events and free access to the Open 4 Funding database.


Getting help from LSDOs (2012) - Local Support and Development Organisations, or LSDOs, are local infrastructure organisations like Councils for Voluntary Service. This resource, written by our partners NAVCA, explains what role they can play in supporting the local VCS and statutory partners to develop services for people in the CJS. We have provided live examples of where this is working.

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Developing a criminal justice network (2013) - This guide is for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system, and those who support them. It gives advice on how to set up a network of voluntary organisations to help organisations collaborate, learn from one another, and develop a strategic voice to influence commissioning and other decision making including Police and Crime Commissioners. It includes case studies of networks in the South West and Wales.