About the group
The Worcester Diocesan Criminal Justice Affairs group was formally launched with a pre-election event hosted by the Bishop and Dean in Worcester Cathedral on March 26th, 2015.
Download the 2022-2023 annual review of the Criminal Justice Affairs group.
Download previous annual reviews:
- 2015-2016 annual review
- 2016-2017 annual review
- 2017-2018 annual review
- 2018-2019 annual review
- 2019-2020 annual review
- 2020-2021 annual review
- 2021-2022 annual review
You can contact the Criminal Justice Affairs group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group has two main aims:
internally within the Diocese to offer a Christian perspective and provide expert advice on criminal justice matters, and
externally to raise public awareness and be catalysts of criminal justice-related social action
Criminal Justice System updates
Group member, Diana Fulbrook publishes an update on criminal justice issues ahead of each meeting of the Criminal Justice Affairs Group. Download the current issue (January 2024)
The group organised a day conference on IPP prisoners (Imprisonment for Public Protection) in October 2018 in the open setting of the Great Hall at the Grange, HMP Hewell. The title of the conference was Searching for a way out - The dilemma of the sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). It was well attended by people from across the criminal justice sector along with community organisations and churches.
The group is now looking at how to build on the energy generated by the day to help keep this issue moving forward.
The conference saw and heard by video various IPP prisoners talking about their experience. We are pleased to make an anonymised version of that video available here, so that you can hear their testimonies for yourself.
Since its launch it has grown in membership, and either through its membership or through shared activities is now linked with:
Diocesan Commission for Social Responsibility
West Mercia Criminal Justice Board
HMP Long Lartin
University of Worcester
Magistrates' Association Education and Research Network
Willowdene Care Farm
Its current membership is:
Volunteering for Justice
This resource brings together over 50 volunteering opportunities in the Diocese of Worcester and wider West Midlands area, focused on providing support to people affected by crime, the rehabilitation of offenders and support to criminal justice and other agencies working in the field.
Volunteering for Justice is the culmination of a joint project between the Diocese of Worcester Criminal Justice Affairs Group and the University of Worcester with essential support provided by the diocesan communications team. The project was established following a major Conference held in Worcester in November 2015 which identified that many people who wished to offer their skill on a voluntary basis in criminal justice related areas often found difficulty in identifying available opportunities. This web page seeks to fill that gap by offering a signposting service which is easy to use, and provides useful information at the click of a button. We hope you find it helpful.
In bringing together this directory of volunteering opportunities, neither the Diocese nor the University of Worcester endorses any particular organisation or specific volunteering role. As in all volunteering opportunities it is essential for every volunteer to ensure that adequate health and safety provisions, including risk assessments, are in place, and that appropriate insurance cover exists if necessary.