Churches Criminal Justice Forum is currently consulting stakeholders on its future direction and strategy.
Here are some examples of work carried out by CCJF:
Building a network
CCJF has built an ecumenical network of Churches and Christian people who come together to share practical information and expertise, to for mutual support, and to reflect and pray together. The network meets on a regular basis at different venues around England and Wales, and often includes guest speakers.
Details of the next event can be found here.
Members of the network receive a free newsletter. An example newsletter can be seenon our Publications page.
CCJF has been a champion for Community Chaplaincy schemes, and continues to promote this form of ministry.
Circles of Support and Accountability
CCJF has also promoted the growth of Circles of Support and Accountability throughout the country.
The 'Justice That Heals: A Restorative Justice Study Pack' by the Rev Sheila Foreman (Methodist) and the Rev Robert Ritchie (Church of England) can be downloaded from our Publications page.
Encouraging individual vounteering
Together with pact (the Prison Advice & Care Trust), CCJF produced ‘What Can I Do: A Guide to volunteering in the criminal justice sector'. The guide is no longer in print due to lack of funding, but an online version can be found in our Publications section and at www.whatcanido.org.uk There is also a version specifically for volunteering in the criminal justice system in Scotland, avaiable from ACTS.
A Christian voice
CCJF has also spoken as an ecumenical network in response to consultations from the government, has produced pre-election briefings to all political parties, contributed articles to journals and has provided speakers for events.
We also supported and contributed to a national conference held in 2007 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on the topic of Young People, Addictins and Criminal Justice: restoring young people to the community.