User Voice - Only Offenders Can Stop Re-Offending

Bob Ashford and Youth Rep Jude Jubey speak at the Criminal Justice Convention 2013

On the 2nd July 2013 User Voice staff and volunteers attended and spoke at the Criminal Justice Convention 2013 on reducing offending and reoffending.

Bob Ashford, founder of Wipetheslateclean and User Voice Advisor, chaired two sessions and spoke at another two during the event.

Jude Jubey, a member of one of our Youth Advisory Groups, joined Bob in a session where they used their own experiences to reflect on the issues associated with criminal convictions, employment and volunteering and the long-term impact of criminal records on people’s lives.

They both also participated in a panel discussion with other youth justice professionals; the discussion, titled ‘Catch Them Young’, included John Drew, Professor in Comparative Youth Justice, Cédric Foussard, Director of International Affairs and International Juvenile Justice Observatory, and Kate Morris, Deputy Chief Executive for Effective Practice, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

The event was a fantastic opportunity to create more awareness of what User Voice do among many influential people from the YJB, police, probation and other organisations that attended.

Jude Jubey was praised for his inspiring speech about the issues he has encountered with employment and volunteering from his criminal conviction.