The Howard League for Penal Reform's annual awards for the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime.
The Howard League believes that projects which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system, by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions will reduce the risk of reoffending.
These annual awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it with children; women; mental health programmes or restorative justice.
- Policing and adults
- Policing and children
- Restorative approaches
- Liaison and diversion
- Residential care (new)
- Criminal Justice Champion
- Organisation of the year
The competition is open to statutory agencies and voluntary organisations that are developing diversionary schemes.
For the awards criteria download the entry guide.
Nominations closed on Tuesday 25 July 2017.
The Awards will be presented at a national conference on Wednesday 8 November 2017.
The judging panel for 2017 Awards will include:
- Gerry Marshall, Trustee, The Howard League for Penal Reform (Chair)
- Graham Robb, Chair, Restorative Justice Council
- Inspector Gail Spruce, Greater Manchester Police
- Glyn Thomas, Head of Implementation, Liaison and Diversion Programme, NHS England
- Catryn Yousefi, Programmes Manager, The Howard League for Penal Reform
The full panel will be announced in due course.
We continue to work with the winners and runners-up after the awards, hosting open days with each project to celebrate success and share best practice in the local community.
- Friday, 6 October 2017, Howard League for Penal Reform and The Nelson Trust Community Awards Open Day
- Wednesday 11 October 2017, Wakefield and Leeds All Age Liaison & Diversion Service Conference: “Changing Minds. Changing Lives”
Policing the Community Conference and Community Awards 2017 will be held on Wednesday 8 November and will include presentations of the Howard League Community Awards.