Application Guidance

This is an online application process. Before you apply, please read the following information. Many of the questions require tick-box answers. However, there are several questions that require you to provide a written answer.

We therefore recommend that you plan your answers in advance before completing the online application form, as the form will not save your answers, so you must complete it in one go.

Please take the time to consider your answers carefully and provide as much detail as you can. (TIP: feel free to complete your answers on a separate document that you can edit freely and then simply copy and paste into the online form when you are ready!)

Please carefully read the information about the programme here before applying. Understanding the Clore Social Leadership framework and model will help to make your application about you, your work with others and the world around you. (TIP: Take a look at Clore Social Leadership’s Six Capabilities Framework and Methods and Model.)

This programme will have three key programme elements: Discover (an online four-week programme), Action Learning Sets and one-to-one Professional Coaching. All participants will complete the Discover programme. Some participants will then go on to either Action Learning or one-to-one Professional Coaching. See full programme information and further details about these programme elements here.

Please note the application deadline of 11:59pm on Monday 9 November 2020 so you don’t miss out!

Please ensure that you leave enough time to properly complete the application and make allowances for any technical problems or delays. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept applications made after this deadline.

If you are having trouble completing your application, require reasonable adjustments and/or need to arrange an alternative method of submission, please contact Mark from Clore Social’s Programme team at programmes@cloresocialleadership.org.uk with the email subject title heading ‘CJS Leadership Programme’.

After you submit your application, you will receive an automated email confirming your submission (or an email confirmation from Mark/the Clore Social Programme team if you have arranged and agreed to submit your application through an alternative method).

All applications will go through a moderation process to assess suitability, taking into account the total number of applications received and programme capacity. This will take place between 10-23 November 2020. Moderation and selection will involve the team at the Centre for Knowledge Equity, the Criminal Justice System (CJS) LEx Leaders Design and Steering Group and the Clore Social Leadership team. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application by 15 December 2020. The programme will start in the New Year and full details of programme elements will be provided to successful applicants this year to support planning.

Application Criteria

Applications are open to all Lived Experience Leaders*. Those from diverse backgrounds and organisations are strongly encouraged to apply. Where possible priority will be given to:

  • People of colour
  • Women
  • Those working outside of London

*Lived Experience Leaders are those who have direct, first-hand experience, past or present, of the criminal justice system and who have activated these experiences (often in combination with their practice and/or learned experience) to inform, shape and lead their social purpose work to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with. For this programme we mean social leaders with criminal convictions, having experienced imprisonment, community sentences and experience of probation.

NB: We are aware that the term ‘Criminal Justice System’ does not necessarily reflect the experiences of a system that is often considered unjust. However, we have used it here due to its common use and understanding across the broader social sector.

Good luck with your application, we look forward to hearing from you!

Application Questions

An asterisk (*) will require an answer

Section 1: Personal Information

  1. Title
  2. *First name(s)
  3. *Surname
  4. *Telephone number
  5. *Primary email address
  6. Secondary email address
  7. *Contact address
  8. *Postcode
  9. *Region
    1. Scotland
    2. Wales
    3. Northern Ireland
    4. England - North West
    5. England - North East
    6. England - South East
    7. England - South West
    8. England - East of England
    9. England - East Midlands
    10. England - West Midlands
    11. England - Yorkshire and the Humber
    12. England - Greater London
    13. Other
  10. *What is your gender?
    We would like to prioritise places for women and people of colour where possible. To be able to do this equitably it would be helpful if you could please indicate your gender / race. However, if you are not comfortable with doing so please tick ‘prefer not to say’.
    1. Male
    2. Female
    3. Other
    4. Prefer not to say
  11. *Please select your ethnic background
    1. White British
    2. White Irish
    3. White other European
    4. White (other)
    5. Asian British
    6. Asian Pakistani
    7. Asian Bangladeshi
    8. Asian Indian
    9. Asian Chinese
    10. Asian (other)
    11. Black British
    12. Black African
    13. Black Caribbean
    14. Black (other)
    15. Arab
    16. Mixed Heritage: Asian and White
    17. Mixed Heritage: Black African and White
    18. Mixed Heritage: Black Caribbean and White
    19. Mixed Heritage: Arab and White
    20. Mixed Heritage: Other (please specify)
    21. Other (please specify)
    22. Prefer not to say

Section 2: Information about the work you are currently doing

  1. *Name of current or most recent organisation / group / project
  2. *Type of organisation / group / project
    1. Charity
    2. Community Interest Company (CIC)
    3. Project Worker, e.g. self-employed / freelance practitioner
    4. Cooperative
    5. Housing Association
    6. Mutual
    7. Social Enterprise
    8. Social Business
    9. Public Services, e.g. social services, NHS, probation services, etc.
    10. Voluntary / Community Organisation
    11. Trade Union
    12. Trust/Foundation
    13. Educational Institution
    14. Community Group / Campaign
    15. Other (please specify)
  3. *What operational level best describes how/where you or your organisation works
    1. Local
    2. Regional
    3. National
    4. International
    5. Other (please specify)
  4. *Region - where do you carry out your main work activities?
    1. Scotland
    2. Wales
    3. Northern Ireland
    4. England - North West
    5. England - North East
    6. England - South East
    7. England - South West
    8. England - East of England
    9. England - East Midlands
    10. England - West Midlands
    11. England - Yorkshire and the Humber
    12. England - Greater London
    13. Other (please specify)
  5. *Please briefly describe your organisation / project work and its main aim and area of work (max 150 words)
    Please include how your work supports people / communities impacted by the Criminal Justice System and if and how you / your organisation work across any other sectors, e.g.: Prison Reform / prisoners’ rights; Youth Justice; Racial Justice; Recovery and addictions services; Health services (mental and/or physical health); Multiple and complex needs/disadvantage; Economic injustice, e.g. employability
  6. *How many staff does your organisation / community group employ?
    1. 1-5
    2. 6-10
    3. 11-20
    4. 21-50
    5. 51-100
    6. 101+
  7. *How many volunteers does your organisation / community group have?
    1. 0-5
    2. 6-10
    3. 11-20
    4. 21-50
    5. 51-100
    6. 101+
  8. *What is the approximate annual turnover of your organisation / community group?
    1. Under £50,000
    2. Under £100,000
    3. £100,000 - £250,000
    4. £250,000 - £500,000
    5. £500,000 - £1 million
    6. £1 million - £2 million
    7. £2 million - £5 million
    8. £5 million - £30 million
    9. £30+ million
  9. *Please provide a link to your organisation’s / community group’s website, social media links, e.g. Facebook, Instagram page, Twitter account, etc. Please state N/A, if not applicable

Section 3: Career-related Information

  1. *What is your current role, if applicable?
  2. *Please select your level of professional experience:
    We classify professional experience as paid or voluntary work gained throughout your career. The years stated below are provided as a guide only.
    1. Entry level: 0-1 years working in the sector, e.g. Trainee, Volunteer, Support Worker, Project Worker
    2. Intermediate level: 2-5 years' professional experience, e.g. Support Worker, Coordinator, Manager, Project Lead
    3. Mid-level: 5-10 years' professional experience, e.g. Specialist, Senior Manager, Head of Department, Director
    4. Senior level: 10+ years' professional experience, e.g. Senior Director, Chief Executive, Expert Consultant
  3. *What is your employment status?
    1. Full-time employee
    2. Part-time employee
    3. Full/part-time employee on furlough
    4. Self-employed
    5. Freelance
    6. Volunteer
    7. Other (please specify)
  4. *Please provide a short description of your role and responsibilities (max 500 words)
  5. *How long have you worked in the social sector?
    1. 0-1 year
    2. 1-3 years
    3. 3-5 years
    4. 6-10 years
    5. 10+ years
    6. Not applicable
  6. Feel free to include roles not included in your previous answers (with names of organisations and dates, if applicable)

Section 4: Leading Positive Social Change

  1. *What do you hope to achieve by participating in this programme? (max 200 words)
  2. *What do you see as being your leadership strengths, and in what areas would you like to develop or improve your leadership? (max 200 words)
  3. *What is the positive social impact you would like to make in your community, sector and/or society; and what aspects (systemic/professional/personal) are limiting your capacity to deliver that impact? (max 200 words)
  4. *What difference would it make to your organisation and/or community if you took part in this programme? (max 200 words)

Section 5: Lived Experience Leadership and Your Comments

Lived Experience Leaders are those who have direct, first-hand experience, past or present, of the criminal justice system and who have activated these experiences (often in combination with their practice and/or learned experience) to inform, shape and lead their social purpose work to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with. For this programme we mean social leaders with criminal convictions, having experienced imprisonment, community sentences and experience of probation.

NB: We are aware that the term ‘Criminal Justice System’ does not necessarily reflect the experiences of a system that is often considered unjust. However, we have used it here due to its common use and understanding across the broader social sector.

  1. *Do you have direct, first-hand experience of criminal justice systems (lived experience)?
    Please tick all that apply
    1. Yes, lived experience of imprisonment
    2. Yes, lived experience of community sentence
    3. Yes, lived experience of probation
    4. No
  2. Would you like to join the LEx Movement?
    All Lived Experience Leaders who apply are welcome to join the UK-wide Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement) a national collective impact network created by and for LEx leaders to connect, support and strengthen the capacity of LEx leaders to create systems-level change and help all our communities thrive.
    1. I am already a member
    2. Yes
    3. No
    4. Please send me further details
    5. I would like to sign up for the LEx Movement newsletter

Section 6: Other Information

  1. Please feel free to use this space to offer any additional information you would like to include in your application (max 200 words)

Section 7: Communications Preferences

  1. Would you like to sign up to receive Clore Social newsletter?
    1. Yes please
    2. No thank you
    3. I’m already signed up
  2. When we launch the programme, we will publish the names of the accepted participating organisations / groups / campaigns. Do we have your permission to publish the name (your personal name will not be published)?
    1. Yes
    2. No

Section 8: Equality & Diversity

You do not have to answer any of the following questions. The information given below is used to provide a profile analysis of the applicants to this programme. The data will not be used as part of the moderation process. We aim to encourage greater diversity amongst leaders in the social sector – it is one of our core values. By answering the following questions, you help us to monitor how effective we are at this.

  1. Your age
    1. 16-24
    2. 25-34
    3. 35-44
    4. 45-54
    5. 55-64
    6. 65+
    7. Prefer not to say
  2. Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the terms given in the Equality Act 2010?
    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Prefer not to say
  3. Please indicate the type of impairment which applies to you using the tick boxes below
    1. Physical impairment, such as difficulty using your arms or mobility issues which mean that you use a wheelchair or crutches
    2. Sensory impairment, such as a visual or hearing impairment
    3. Mental health condition, such as depression or schizophrenia
    4. Learning difficulty - such as dyslexia - learning disability or cognitive impairment
    5. Long-standing illness or health condition, such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease or epilepsy
    6. Other (please specify if you wish)
    7. No impairment or disability
  4. What is your gender?
    1. Male
    2. Female
    3. Other (please specify if you wish)
    4. Prefer not to say
  5. Is your gender identity the same as the gender you were assigned at birth?
    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Prefer not to say
  6. Your sexual orientation
    1. Bisexual
    2. Gay man
    3. Gay woman/lesbian
    4. Heterosexual
    5. Other (please specify if you wish)
    6. Prefer not to say
  7. Please select your ethnic background
    1. White British
    2. White Irish
    3. White other European
    4. White (other)
    5. Asian British
    6. Asian Pakistani
    7. Asian Bangladeshi
    8. Asian Indian
    9. Asian Chinese
    10. Asian (other)
    11. Black British
    12. Black African
    13. Black Caribbean
    14. Black (other)
    15. Arab
    16. Mixed Heritage: Asian and White
    17. Mixed Heritage: Black African and White
    18. Mixed Heritage: Black Caribbean and White
    19. Mixed Heritage: Arab and White
    20. Mixed Heritage: Other (please specify)
    21. Other (please specify if you wish)
    22. Prefer not to say
  8. Which religious/belief group do you most identify with?
    1. Baha'i
    2. Buddhist
    3. Christian
    4. Hindu
    5. Jain
    6. Jewish
    7. Muslim
    8. Sikh
    9. No religion
    10. Other religion or belief (please specify if you wish)
    11. Prefer not to say

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