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What’s the impact of Covid-19 on arts in criminal justice?

What’s the impact of Covid-19 on arts in criminal justice?



Please complete our short survey so we can help policy makers understand the impact of Covid-19 on arts in criminal justice. We need to hear from you if you’re a voluntary organisation or a practitioner who delivers arts in criminal justice settings. Our aim is to ensure people in the criminal justice system are still able to access arts and culture now and in the future.

Clinks and the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance are working to understand the impact of Covid-19 on voluntary organisations and assess creative activity delivered to people in prison. We want to identify gaps in the current provision and make sure arts for wellbeing is available to people in the criminal justice system at this time. The environment in which we all find ourselves working in is changing rapidly.

It’s important to track the impact of Covid-19 and share the very latest picture with the government, funders and other decision makers so we’ll be running our survey every two weeks. We’re very grateful to the 171 people who responded to our first survey.

Here’s what you’ve been telling us:

  • Organisations are struggling to operate their normal levels of service
  • The work of volunteers has been severely hampered
  • There are concerns about financial sustainability and meeting funding requirements
  • Find out more here.

So far, we’ve shared your experiences with the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the Justice Committee and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee inquiry on the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector.

The survey closes Friday 17th April at 5pm.

Complete the survey here


Image: NCJAA conference 2019, credit Elijah Thompson