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

A free online programme for leaders with lived experience of the Criminal Justice System to recognise their potential and strengthen their collective voice.

Recognise your potential and build key leadership skills

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).

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 where lived experience leaders can enhance their social justice work, build and extend their confidence, gain visibility, and amplify their collective strength so they continue to drive positive change, tackle systemic inequalities, and effectively respond to the challenges brought about by Covid-19.

By offering access to an array of impactful leadership development tools, building strong peer networks, and developing a commitment to continual learning, the programme aims to act as a catalyst for change. Participants will emerge with strengthened individual and collective confidence and equipped with the necessary leadership tools to bridge the gap between frontline practice and strategic influencing.

We are seeking applications from lived experience leaders, and with equity at the heart of this programme, we will prioritise applications from people of colour, women and those working outside of London.

Taking place exclusively online between January - May 2021, participants will take part in ONE of the following streams:

  • Discover, a four-week online leadership development journey to help you identify your leadership strengths and areas for improvement. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Time commitment: around 4-5 hours per week/16-20 hours in total.
  • Discover + Action Learning Sets (ALS), conducted in a group of peers and facilitated by ALS specialists to help you address complex, real-life issues while working collaboratively with other leaders. Time commitment: between 28-32 hours over a six-month period.
  • Discover + Professional Coaching sessions with coaches highly experienced in social leadership, as well as peer coaching opportunities. Time commitment: between 20-24 hours over a six-month period.

Based on your level of experience and answers given in the application form, moderators (including lived experience leaders from the LEx design group) will allocate the most beneficial learning stream for you.

It is likely that those at entry and intermediate level work experience will be eligible for the Discover programme only. Those at mid-level or senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Action Learning. Those at senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Coaching. Dates of learning streams will be clearly communicated when successful applicants are notified, by 15 December 2020.

During the programme, all participants will be invited to join the UK-wide Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement) where you will be able to access support and resources to strengthen your systems change capacity and connect with LEx leaders working across sectors and industries, with an opportunity to learn from each other, and build collaborations on intersectional issues.

Upon programme completion, all participants will join Clore Social’s wide network of changemakers and leaders across the social sector, where they can connect with each other, support one another, and continue their learning journey together.

Recruitment for this programme is now closed.

Boost your confidence and amplify your collective strength

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What do you mean by a Lived Experience Leader?

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.

Info and Q&A webinar

We held a free webinar for you to find out all you need to know about this programme. You can access a recording of the webinar here, as well as a presentation of the programme elements available here.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is 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.

This includes leaders, managers, project workers, changemakers, activists, artists and innovators working within and across social sector spaces, including prison, probation, addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, mental and physical health services, the care system, community development, liaison and diversion services, multiple and complex needs projects, employability services, youth justice, peer support programmes, and many more (we call this the Criminal Justice Sector).

With equity at the heart of this programme, where possible priority will be given to:

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

Eligibility

  • Entry level: 0-1 year working in the sector, e.g. Trainee, Volunteer, Support Worker, Project Worker

  • Intermediate level: 2-5 years' professional experience, e.g. Coordinator, Manager, Project Lead

  • Mid-level: 5-10 years' professional experience, e.g. Specialist, Senior Manager, Head of Department, Director

  • Senior level: 10+ years' professional experience, e.g. Senior Director, Chief Executive, Specialist Consultant

Time commitment

  • Learning Stream 1: Discover

    The programme will take place over the course of four weeks. The learning is accessed online and is designed to complement existing time commitments.

    The programme will include two Live Classrooms (conducted via Zoom) of one hour each, taking place on on two set dates during working hours (usually over lunchtime). The exact dates and times for these will be confirmed in due course, but the course will be starting in late February for those in this learning stream.

    Time commitment: 4-5 hours per week/16-20 hours in total.

  • Learning Stream 2: Discover + Action Learning Sets (ALS)

    Action Learning consists of four sets of three hours each, spread out over the course of four to five months, which will be held during working hours.

    The first ALS will commence around the end of February with exact dates to be confirmed in due course. The times and dates of subsequent sets will be agreed between the facilitator and the cohort at their first action learning session. Discover will start in mid-January for this learning stream, with two Live Classrooms likely to be held over lunchtime.

    Time commitment:
    between 28-32 hours over a six-month period.

  • Learning Stream 3: Discover + Professional Coaching

    Coaching consists of four sessions of one hour each, spread out over the course of four to five months. The times and dates of these would be agreed upon between the Coach and participant.

    Discover will start in mid-January for this learning stream, with two Live Classrooms likely to be held over lunchtime.

    Time commitment:
    between 20-24 hours over a six-month period.

Your application

Please read the Application Guidance and Questions before starting your application. We recommend that you plan your answers using this information.

Applications will close on Monday 9 November 2020 at 11:59pm. The moderation process will take place between 10-23 November 2020. Applicants will be informed of the decision by 15 December 2020.

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What you'll learn

You will be introduced to key leadership behaviours and skills; gain insight into your personal leadership styles and work with peers to tackle real-life challenges within the Criminal Justice Sector and beyond.

Using Clore Social’s Leadership Development Model, participants will begin by completing Discover (Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself). Some will go on to take part in Action Learning Sets in a group (Working With and Through Others; Assessing Context), or individual Coaching sessions (Know Yourself Be Yourself, Look After Yourself; Assessing Context).

What to expect from Discover

Discover is Clore Social Leadership’s popular online programme, providing leaders with key skills to meet the social challenges of a changing world. This four-week, self-directed online leadership course requires four-five hours per week and is designed to fit around and complement your work. The programme includes two Live Classrooms of 1 hour each, hosted on two set dates, during working hours (usually over lunchtime).

Self-reflection is central to Discover. We'll nudge you to think critically about your own leadership but it's your brain that will do the lifting (not ours). You will emerge with a powerful peer network for social change. You’ll communicate and build relationships through an online channel, enabling you to learn from and engage with a wider cohort of social leaders and changemakers across the UK’s social sector.

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  • “I have been so impressed by the structure of the course, the thoughtfulness of the materials, and really enjoyed setting aside the time and space to think and reflect. It was so great to connect with a really impressive group of peer leaders in the live classroom, and identify myself among them, and realise that they share the same challenges as me.”
    Leading Beyond Lockdown participant
  • I found the course incredibly thought-provoking and it really helped me to consider my management style, the context within which I operate and my role in achieving social change.
    Discover Programme participant

What to expect from Action Learning Sets (ALS)

ALS are ideal for experienced leaders who need to address complex issues with a peer group who meets regularly and works collaboratively.

We collaborate with a directory of expert ALS facilitators. We recommend groups of between six and eight leaders and where possible we will attempt to group according to your level of leadership experience. Each group will receive four facilitated sessions.

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  • “I've really enjoyed this module; I have been working with coaches and mentors for some time, so I was not expecting to gain that much added value from this part but low and behold, the Action Learning was a revelation. Uncomfortable and incredibly useful at the same time, it has added much to my own thinking and my leadership repertoire.”
    Sophie Flemig, Leading Beyond Lockdown participant

What to expect from Coaching

Coaching effectively guides you towards increasing your resilience, efficiency, and performance - getting you closer to achieving your personal and professional goals. Coaching is perfect for experienced leaders, who are dealing with challenging times.

Clore Social has a roster of expert coaches who are experienced in social leadership. Many have coached sector leaders before. We recommend four one-to-one sessions per leader, with an interval of four weeks between coaching sessions.

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  • My coach helped me to focus my mind to understand my vision based on very different projects I worked with. [...] This was the biggest help someone could give me in the 10 years of my professional career.
    LEx Leader & Migration and Refugee Programme participant

What is the Clore Social Alumni network?

On programme completion, participants will join Clore Social's wider network of alumni and peers.

The Clore Social network is an important resource for peer learning and support in the best of times, but now through the end of 2020 it is and will be a particularly valuable tool through which social leaders can connect and support one another through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Harness the power of peer-to-peer support

Apply by 9 November

Programme Eligibility

  • What do you define as the Criminal Justice Sector?

    We appreciate that many social leaders working to improve the lives of people negatively impacted by the criminal justice system do not necessarily consider their work as forming part of a siloed Criminal Justice Sector. Many social leaders work within and across social sector spaces, including prison, probation, addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, mental and physical health services, the care system, community development, liaison and diversion services, multiple and complex needs projects, employability services, youth justice, peer support programmes and many more . We call this the Criminal Justice Sector.

  • Can you still apply if you have Lived Experience of the criminal justice system, but have only recently changed sectors to move into the Criminal Justice Sector?

    Yes. Your experience of leadership along with your experience in the sector will be taken into account when considering applications.

  • Do you have to be attached to an organisation to be eligible?

    No, you don’t have to be attached to an organisation to be eligible. In your application, please demonstrate how you are currently supporting people negatively impacted by the criminal justice system and your experience in and commitment to the Criminal Justice Sector.

  • Can more than one leader apply from the same organisation?

    Yes. In fact, a greater positive impact on an organisation has been noted when more than one individual has embarked on our leadership development programmes. Please submit your application and our panel will ensure a fair and balanced moderation process, taking into consideration the total number of applications received and programme capacity.

  • Is it possible to apply for the programme as a volunteer?

    Yes, most definitely. This programme is also for volunteers in the sector - you are leaders too! There are many social leaders who carry out their social purpose work through volunteering. All we ask that you please ensure you demonstrate your experience in and commitment to the sector.

Programme Application

  • Which programme streams am I eligible for?

    Based on your level of experience and answers given in the application form, moderators will allocate the most beneficial learning stream for you, and your stated challenges and goals. It is likely that those at entry and intermediate level work experience will be eligible for Discover only. Those at mid-level or senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Action Learning. Those at senior level work experience may be eligible for Discover + Coaching. Dates of learning streams will be clearly communicated when successful applicants are notified, by 15 December 2020.

  • How many people are you looking to select?

    We have approximately 100 places to offer in total: 50 participants will go through the Discover programme only; 30 participants will complete Discover, then go on to complete Action Learning Sets; 20 participants will complete Discover before undergoing four individual sessions with a leadership development coach.

  • Do we need buy-in from our organisation?

    While you do not need permission or buy-in from your organisation, we have found that the support of an organisation can positively impact on the development of the individual, especially in terms of implementing learning.

Programme Delivery & Content

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