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Double Lockdown: Rebooting leadership in the Criminal Justice System and beyond

The Lived Experience Movement at the Centre for Knowledge Equity and Clore Social Leadership partner to offer a free online leadership programme for lived experience leaders (LEx Leaders) with direct, first-hand experience of the Criminal Justice System, who are working tirelessly across the entire social sector to support the communities they represent and serve.

Lived experience leaders*, working across the breadth of the Criminal Justice Sector, are facing challenges like never before. As the ongoing uncertainties of the “double lockdown” in prison, and complexities of a second wave of the pandemic are increasing, such leaders continue to work tirelessly on emergency responses, while others are moving towards thinking about recovery and renewal in a post-COVID world.

As our communities are facing ever-increasing economic hardships and other social inequalities such as racial injustice, there is growing urgency about our ability to collectively respond. We need Lived Experience Leaders to have the opportunity to develop so they can effectively challenge these injustices and positively transform the sector.

This free, bespoke online leadership programme is designed to provide a safe and supportive environment for leaders with lived experience of the criminal justice system. It will enable lived experience leaders to elevate their leadership potential, build leadership skills, and strengthen collective action to drive positive change, tackle systemic inequalities, and equip them to respond effectively to the challenges brought about by Covid-19.

Participants will emerge feeling more confident, connected, and supported by a group of like-minded peers, and equipped with collaborative, generous, and courageous leadership capabilities - all key skills for leading social change in complex and uncertain times.

Applications are open to lived experience leaders working at various levels across the Criminal Justice Sector. With equity at its heart, this programme will prioritise people of colour, women and those working outside of London.

The programme will include an array of leadership development tools and opportunities, including an introduction into key social leadership skills and behaviours, professional coaching, and action learning sets designed to fuel innovations for solutions to real-life challenges.

Recruitment is now open, with applications closing on Monday 9 November 2020 at 11:59pm. For more information, please visit the Clore Social Leadership website or sign up for a free webinar to find out more about the programme elements and scope.

This programme is inspired and funded by, as well as co-designed and co-delivered with, the Centre for Knowledge Equity, home of the LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement).

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*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.


About LEx Movement (Lived Experience Leaders Movement hosted by the Centre for Knowledge Equity)

The Lived Experience Leaders Movement (also known as LEx Movement) is a national collective impact network connecting, supporting, and strengthening the capacity of lived experience leaders to create systems change and help all our communities thrive. The leaders, innovators, and changemakers of the movement work across the UK and across industries including charity leads running support services, social entrepreneurs working on social and economic justice, academics leading community-orientated recovery practice, and many more.

For more information and to be part of the movement, please visit www.lexmovement.org and join the conversation on Twitter @LExMovement

About Clore Social Leadership

We support and develop social leaders so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We help make social change happen by investing in people and enabling them to become resilient, connected and collaborative leaders with the right capabilities to tackle the social challenges of the 21st Century.

Join the conversation on Twitter @CloreSocial

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