SSGT believes putting families at the heart of the criminal
justice system and processes is the 'golden thread' which can reduce the harm of
imprisonment and contribute to rehabilitation. Therefore, a strategic aim of
SSGT is to contribute to improving the system of
support for families affected by convictions and imprisonment to improve
rehabilitation and resettlement outcomes.
The grant programme
will seek to make a contribution to the following outcomes:
Outcome 1: Family-centred
approaches to rehabilitation and reintegration become normalised in the prison
system, at the point of imprisonment, during the sentence and on release:
we are interested in work with people affected by imprisonment and convictions
which has a strategic focus on their role as family members, and a recognition
that partners and children serve the sentence too. This is a systems-focused
approach which uses current evidence to effect change.
Outcome 2: The voice of
prisoners and their families adds to the evidence base and understanding of the
value of family-centred approaches to reintegration and maintaining family
bonds: The voices of people most
affected by decisions which impact them need to be heard at local and national
levels. This could include establishing platforms and mechanisms which allow
them to participate in decision-making forums and have their voices heard. Many
people with lived experience of the criminal justice system develop a set of
capabilities that enable them to advance transformative change, both in the
lives of people affected by imprisonment and convictions and in the lives of
those who make decisions which affect them.
Government and state bodies are held accountable for reducing the harm of
imprisonment to families: the focus is on ensuring duty bearers acknowledge
the need for change and act accordingly. We are interested in improved
policies, legislation and change to current practice which results in relevant
agencies better meeting the needs of the whole family.
We have a two-step process and
this first stage is an expression of interest in which the group outlines what
it wants to do. If the expression of interest is accepted, there is a further form and grant assessment may include meeting with the applicant. Organisations
invited to Step 2 are not guaranteed a grant – the decision will be made by the
If you have not already ready the guidelines for this programme, please read them here. This document also has the questions asked in this online process so you know in advance the information which is required.
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If you are having difficulties please contact Karen on 085 755 2009.