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Worksforfreedom.org supports practice that empowers criminal justice users and clients and transforms their lives for the better.

It does this by providing a platform for criminal justice practitioners, policymakers, researchers, funders and users to share examples of good practice, discuss concrete practice questions and network with each other.

We are interested in practice that:

  • Is enabling and empowering for its service users
  • Is not coercive and does not judge
  • Puts the person and their needs at the centre of practice
  • Works across silos and boundaries, to meet people's multiple needs

Want to contribute?

We want Works for Freedom to be a place where practitioners, researchers, policy makers, funders and service users can share experience and ideas about what supports peoples' needs.

Sign up and become a member of Works for Freedom to publish information about a project, using text, video, images and links. You can also submit interesting policy documents or research findings to support empowering practice; as well as comment and rate content on the website.

What's the thinking behind Works for Freedom?

We are interested in people's needs, needs any of us could have, rather than the fact that they have been convicted of a criminal offence.

The National Offender Management Service identified seven resettlement pathways to support people out of the criminal justice system. Looked at another way, these 'pathways' can also a way of identifying the single or multiple needs a person might have that lead them to become caught up in the criminal justice system. So, we have arranged information on this site in terms of the needs a person might have, and sought to find practice that supports those needs, policy and research that show what practice might best do this, and organisations that can provide more information.

The needs are: housing, drugs, health, money, learning and work, user-voices and relationships.

Who are we?

The Works for Freedom team is based at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, an independent public interest charity that engages with the worlds of research and policy, practice and campaigning. Through Works for Freedom the Centre aims to share and develop knowledge on practice that empowers.

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Written by Works for Freedom (11/11/11)

Works for Freedom is an inclusive initiative. One of our central principles is that of non-rejection - our vision is of a society where everyone can participate to build healthy, enterprising, inclusive communities.

As such our websites should never exclude people, and to encourage a model of worldwide internet development that allows all users to enjoy web content regardless of the technology they use.

Whilst creating this website, we've incorporated recommendations and best practice from the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium's) Accessibility Initiative (WAI). By following guidelines set down by the W3C we are trying to make sure that all the information on our website is available to everybody: not just the text, but the information contained in the images and other media including Flash, video, and audio.

We are striving to meet Priority 2 (AA) of the WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Specific measures taken to ensure this include:

  1. Images have adequate alternative text and long descriptions if considered necessary
  2. The website has been constructed using HTML, XHTML and CSS to ensure that the site displays accurately regardless of browser
  3. Text is clear and information architecture does not depend on the use of colour
  4. A 'skip navigation' function has been incorporated - users can skip directly to the main content sections.

We are committed to improvement. If you have a particular need that we do not currently cater for, please contact us by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will do our best to help.

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Privacy Policy

Written by Works for Freedom (11/11/11)

This privacy policy only applies to the collection of your personal information by us. We are committed to safeguarding your privacy online. We use the information we collect about you to help us understand more about how our site is used and to be able to send you communications about Works for Freedom that may interest you, either electronically or otherwise.

Should you supply any personal information, none of it will be disclosed except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when the law requires it. We may pass your personal information to our employees, and/or web administrators to administer the web services provided to you by us now or in the future. We do not pass or sell your personal information for any other purposes than those set out above.


We use "cookies" which help us to track basic visitor information in order that we can better tailor the site to our visitors' needs. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can disable this function by changing your browser settings if you so wish. We never share information collected by cookies on this website with third parties.

Cookies are small items of text that a website transfers to the cookie file of your browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are.

A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. When you visit our website we send you a cookie. Cookies may be used in the following ways:

a) to help us recognise you as a unique visitor (just a number) when you return to our website and to allow us to tailor content to match your preferred interests.

b) to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way.

How cookies help you

By using cookies we will be able to see how our website is being used. This means that we will be able to identify the most popular areas of the website and make it easier for you to access them. They also help us to be more efficient as we can learn what information is important to you.

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There are a number of ways to manage cookies. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.

You can easily delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser and you can also stop cookies being stored on your computer in future. In order to do this you should refer to your browser’s instructions by clicking "help" in your browser menu. Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.aboutcookies.org.

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