Unconscious Bias and Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System


This training course is targeted towards prison and probation staff and aims to enhance awareness of unconscious bias with the context of the racial disproportionality and overrepresentation of BAME 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 adversely impact upon practice.

This course also examines the issue of racial disproportionality within the criminal justice system and explores how this growing disparity can be best addressed. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of what, if any, distinct needs this group 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 BAME 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 BAME young people involved with the criminal justice system.

To be announced. 
Interested in this course? Our trainers can come to you and deliver on site. Give our team a call or email to see if we can meet your requirements.


£100 including booking fees and VAT. Early Bird tickets are available at £85. Start time 10.00. Finish time 16.00. The course consists of power points, audio visual resources, group discussions and activities. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. Invoices can also be requested online.

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CPD Accredited Content

This training course is officially CPD-certified, giving attendees the opportunity to benefit from up to 6 hours of CPD-accredited content across the day.