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Mentoring: Claire Seppings Churchill Fellowship Report

Biography:

Summary of Claire’s research:

In Claire Seppings’ document she provides seven headings under which she outlines some recommendations to benefit the criminal justice system in the future.

  1. Juridical Policy: This includes the representation of the user voice at the highest level and acknowledgement of reformed offenders strategic involvement in decision making, designing and developing policy are promoted.
  2. Language: The use of language is powerful. It is necessary to recognise positive potential and development and avoid identifying people with behaviours they want to leave behind with stigmatizing and stereotyping labelling.
  3. Reformed Offenders as Leaders: As is practice in overseas jurisdictions, reformed offenders should be recognised for their expertise and potential to provide valuable leadership and insight into policy.
  4. Prisoners As Peer Mentors: Prisoners view professional staff as authority figures and are more likely to listen to individuals that have 'walked in their shoes’. In custodial settings, peers can form pro-social communities that realise wider benefits such as supporting managerial and front-line staff.
  5. Reformed Prisoners as Peer Mentors: There is a sound theoretical rationale for through-the-gate peer mentoring to support current service users reducing their likelihood of re-offending, drawn on the extensive insight and learning offered from a range of research and evaluation reports to inform policy.
  6. Criminal Records: The long-term consequences of a criminal record hamper a person with convictions the ability to contribute to society, even after they have served their time and stand ready to serve their community. The laws around disclosure of a person’s previous criminal activity need reform to help improve the rehabilitation prospects of those convicted of a criminal offence.
  7. Recruitment, Security, Training and Support: To ensure NGO’s providing peer-mentoring programmes have effective recruitment, risk management, training, supervision, and support practices for example Justice Departments should adopt a risk management approach and develop specific prison service instructions covering security vetting for peer mentors in correctional centres.

For further information on issues surrounding Claire’s work please look to the following websites.

https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/ 

http://www.uservoice.org/ 

http://www.justiceinnovation.org/ 

http://www.smartjustice.org.au/ 

Claire Seppings’ information and bio:
https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/4073/Claire+Seppings 

Seppings’ report proper:
https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/media/fellows/Seppings_C_2015_Rehabilitative_role_of_ex-prisoners__offenders_as_peer_mentors.pdf 

Media articles to attach to webpage:
https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/news/109-remarkable-australians-receive-prestigious-honour/ 

https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/our-fellows/2015-churchill-fellows/ 

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