In order to build on past and current work, we are embarking on an ambitious new programme, Inspiring Futures. This programme aims to bring about a measurable change in both the credibility and the reach of arts projects within the criminal justice system.
The project involves developing a large-scale research project and coordinated programme of activity that will help us further understand how and in what way arts interventions can contribute to the lives of those in contact with the criminal justice system and the wider community. The activity will feed directly into our good practice community through the development of online resources, along with a range of regional learning events and opportunities. This will, in turn, feed into our policy influencing channels, ensuring what works on the ground is converted into lasting policy change.
We are working with Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, who is the lead researcher for the project.
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