Why we collaborate: voluntary organisations talk about how they collaborate, what makes it work, and why it sometimes fails

Clinks, Centre for Justice Innovation
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This report explores voluntary sector collaboration in the criminal justice system. It showcases four case studies where voluntary organisations talk about how they collaborate, what makes it work, and why it sometimes fails. It seeks to draw conclusions about the motivation for collaboration, the impact which it can have and the factors which underpin successful collaboration. The four case studies are: Fine Cell Work in HMP Leyhill; the Inspire Project in Brighton, which offers a rehabilitation service to women in contact with the criminal justice system; the Prison Family Support Alliance which provides family engagement workers in women’s prisons in England; and the Golden Key project in Bristol. The case studies show the different reasons for collaboration between voluntary sector organisations. It demonstrates how collaboration can help organisations to expand established models to new settings, create new services, or transforming the way that services are commissioned. It makes recommendations to help voluntary sector organisations establish good partnerships. These include establishing good relationships at every level of the partnership, ensuring collaboration extends to communication and practice sharing between the frontline workforces, to standardise and minimise monitoring systems, and to continually assess partner engagement. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
criminal justice, voluntary sector, collaboration, case studies, prisoners, rehabilitation, family support, voluntary organisations, joint working;
Content type:
practice example
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