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Breaking Barriers - Ormiston Families

Breaking Barriers

Main Contact: Caroline Lanskey

This is an outcome and process evaluation of the Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers project across three regions: Essex, Cambridgeshire and Befordshire.  The research will evaluate the effectiveness of the Breaking Barriers Essex  during its second year and to make recommendations for the continuing development of the service provided to children and young people and their families affected by the imprisonment of a parent or significant carer. 

Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.