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Disrupting Bias: Racial Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System


This training course is targeted towards prison and probation staff and aims to enhance awareness of unconscious bias within the context of the racial disproportionality and overrepresentation of Black and global majority people within the criminal justice system. The training is intended to increase understanding of this complex issue and explore strategies and techniques to reduce the potential for UB to impact practice adversely.

This training course is part of our Courageous Conversations series, which is delivered in partnership with Action for Race Equality and funded by AB Charitable Trust. We examine the issue of racial disproportionality within the criminal justice system and explore how this growing disparity can be best addressed. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of what if any, distinct needs this group of young people has and how these can be met. It will also assist court officers with greater insight into applying practical approaches to reducing bias when writing PSRs and completing risk assessments for high-risk and complex service users.

Course Content

  • To identify the definition of unconscious bias (UB)

  • Examine evidence-based research for UB within the Criminal Justice System

  • Develop a clear understanding of the science and behaviour of UB

  • Support practitioners to identify their own UB and associated triggers and drivers

  • Develop strategies and practical steps towards better and bias-free decision-making processes

  • Explore the reasons for disproportionality and overrepresentation within the Criminal Justice System

  • Inform effective practice for addressing over-representation and reducing reoffending

  • Apply bias-reducing strategies to practical tasks such as writing PSRs and completing risk assessments

  • Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and mindfulness in working with Black and global majority young people within the YJS

Who is this course for?
This course is for Prison and Probation staff, Court officers, Youth Justice Case Workers, Social Workers, Police, Judiciary and the wider workforce who work directly with Black and global majority young people involved with the criminal justice system.

Voluntary Action Camden, 8-12 Camden High Street, London NW1 0JH

This course is free, however a £20 deposit is required, which is fully refunded within 7 working days on full attendance.

Wednesday 24th July 2024: 10:00am - 1:00pm
October (details tbc)

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CPD Accredited Content

This training course is officially CPD-certified, allowing attendees to benefit from up to 3 hours of CPD-accredited content across the day.

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