A Selection of Useful Arts and Criminal Justice Related Websites

  • The Arts Alliance
    The national body for the promotion of arts in the criminal justice sector.  The website holds excellent material and publications for working in this sector plus details of key organisations working in this field.
  • Arts Council England
    Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.  The website contains many very useful reports and publications as well as advice on funding.
  • Creative Junction
    Creative Junction is a community interest company in the south east working with and for young people and the creative and cultural sector to make change happen.
  • Creative Partnerships
    The Creative Partnerships programme bring creative workers such as artists, architects and scientists into schools to work with teachers to inspire young people and help them learn.
  • Create Complete Collaborate
    Aims to be at the forefront of the regional planning strategy for 2012 and the main objective relating to children and young people.
  • The Youth Justice Board
    The YJB is an executive non-departmental public body and oversees the youth justice system in England and Wales. They work to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18 and to ensure that custody for them is safe, secure and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.  The website contains a lot of information about the criminal justice system for young people.
  • Artswork
    The national and independent youth arts development agency, committed to making a difference to the lives of young people at risk aged 12 to 25. Amongst other activities, they run a number of good training courses.
    A membership body designed to create connections throughout the diverse youth arts sector at national, regional and grass roots level. ENYAN aims to raise the profile and support for youth arts within England and by doing so create more opportunities for the creative and personal development of young people, especially young people at risk.  The website holds many good examples of Case Studies of projects.
    Mailout is the home of information, sharing and networking for participatory arts in the UK and further afield.
  • Engage
    Engage is a membership organisation representing gallery, art and education professional in the UK and in 15 countries worldwide.  Engage promotes access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through gallery education.
  • Clinks
    Clinks supports the voluntary and community sector working with offenders in England and Wales.  Their aim is to ensure the Sector and all those with whom it works, are informed and engaged in order to transform the lives of offenders and their communities.

    The websites holds a wealth of information and links for those working in the criminal justice sector and publishes a weekly news update.

  • Dance United

    We work with those who are marginalised in society and whose potential is often unrecognised or unfulfilled. Contemporary dance training and performance of the highest quality has the power to unlock this potential. Dance United delivers work that is tough, tightly-focused and highly disciplined. We have seen it work with young offenders, street children in Ethiopia, across the divide in Berlin and Northern Ireland. We reach the hard-to-reach.

  • JumpStartMove

    JumpStartMove projects use the power of dance theatre as a creative intervention

  • Arts Monkey

    Creative consultancy offering freelance support for strategic development, training, project management and cultural activism and specialising in work with young people.

  • Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI)

    CRI works with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour.

  • Criminal records bureau
  • Campaign for Learning

    The Campaign for Learning works for a society where learning is at the heart of social inclusion.

  • Streetwise Education

    Programme which aims to educate children and young people about gang culture and weapon crime.  The Resources consist of 7 educational manuals designed for practitioners working with young people.

  • Theatre ADAD

    A specialist education and training company delivering high quality, innovative and effective education and training packages that address a spectrum of social responsibility and personal safety issues.

  • Centre for Intergenerational Practice

    Supports the development of intergenerational practice throughout the UK and promotes an understanding of the potential of intergenerational practice to address social issues.

  • National Youth Agency

    NYA works in partnership with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations to support and improve services for young people with a particular focus on youth work.

  • Creative Clusters

    Exchange network for people working in the development of creative industries.

  • London Arts Health forum

    LAHF is a membership organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.

  • Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

    Independent charity working with schools throughout England and across the world to raise achievements for all students.

  • Community Development Foundation

  • Artpoint

    Based in Oxford, Artpoint works with artists to support new thinking and practice for the built environment.

  • Artists in Schools

    Provides artist run workshops to meet National Curriculum programmes and has database of artists.

  • Smart Justice

    Provides comprehensive information on initiatives that are effective in changing offenders behaviour, stopping crime before it starts and tackling the causes of crime for adults and young people.

  • Prison Reform Trust

    Independent charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system.  Website holds good resources and information.

  • Participation Works Partnership

    Information, resources, news and networking on the involvement of young people in dialogue, decision making and influence across a wide range of settings.

  • Zinc Arts

    An arts organisation which exists to advance and promote the creativity, culture and heritage of disabled people and socially excluded groups.

  • User Voice

    User Voice’s mission is to engage those who have experience of the criminal justice system in bringing about its reform and to reduce offending.

  • Helix Arts

    Works with artists to increase equality of opportunity for people to participate in the arts with a focus on children and young people at risk.  Based in Newcastle.

  • OYAP

    Oxfordshire’s youth arts charity working in partnership with artists, community groups, and local authorities to bring the arts to the county’s most vulnerable 11 to 25 year olds.

  • The Training Observatory

    Information network of CPD and training opportunities for professionals working with the arts and with children and young people in volatile and challenging contexts.

  • Unitas

    A national charity that helps young people access, participate and progress in mainstream education and training.

  • Tiger Monkey

    Tiger Monkey UK aims to develop the social inclusion of children, young people and adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through creativity. Tiger Monkey uses creative processes – such as drama, arts, film, games and conflict resolution to support individuals, examine issues and work towards positive change.

    Example of a child protection policy

  • Incentive Plus
    Resources to promote social, emotional and behavioural skills in children and young people.
  • Department for Education

    Information on Every Child Matters and education policies.

Suppliers of art materials, scraps and general resources