What is the BASW England Criminal Justice Policy, Practice & Education Group?

The PPEG provides an expert focus for social workers who have an interest in criminal/youth justice. There are various opportunities for continuous professional development for members and to expand the knowledge base in this domain. 

What work might you take part in as part of the group?

  • The group often coordinates replies to government criminal justice consultations
  • On occasion, members have attended All Party Parliamentary Groups, commissions and inquiries
  • The group offer advice/guidance to members on new developments such as the establishment of Secure Schools. 
  • The group works in partnership with other organisations such as the Howard League, The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Article 39, The National Association for Youth Justice and others in a campaign calling for the government to raise the age of criminal responsibility. 
  • The group liaise with other BASW PPEGs such as the Children and Families, Mental Health and Adults groups where there are overlapping areas of interest.

This is a great way to contribute to your professional development and:

  • contribute to your professional development
  • enhance your CV
  • Have a leadership and development role in our profession
  • Make a positive difference to social work and those who receive services.

Members are concerned with a range of issues including:

  • the protection of rights,
  • ethical offender management,
  • working with children and families and
  • the integration of social work interventions in the rehabilitation of offenders.

If you are interested in being involved or would like more information, please contact BASW England.

The roles are unpaid but reasonable expenses will be covered and lunch is provided. Skype access is available for face-to-face/office meetings.