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IPRT Seminar: Working with Conviction

26th September 2017

‘Working with Conviction’ Seminar 26th September 2017

Studies show that securing employment or training, and the ability to rebuild a life after committing an offence, is crucial to breaking the cycle of offending.

Ireland introduced 'Spent Convictions' legislation in 2016, which means that certain convictions can now become spent, while others can continue to present barriers to work, education, training, insurance, and travel.

In light of this, the IPRT is holding a seminar entitled 'Working with Conviction' which will take place on Tuesday 26th September in Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.

Registration will start from 10:30am, with the event running 11am-1pm.

The seminar will focus on the recruitment of people with convictions and with experience of imprisonment, with the aim of encouraging better responses to previous offenders seeking employment and providing leadership to local employers. We hope this event will create a wide discourse around the following three areas:

  • Employment of former prisoners;
  • Employment of people with convictions histories;
  • Barriers to insurance for people with convictions histories;
  • Barriers to accessing further education for those with convictions histories.

We are proud to welcome James Timpson OBE, Chair of Prison Reform Trust UK, as our keynote speaker. James is Chief Executive of Timpson, a family business of 1,400 shops across the UK and Ireland. 10% of his colleagues were recruited directly from prison, making Timpson the largest employer of ex-offenders in the UK. Timpson actively interview prisoners from a pool of 80 prisons in the UK, with a view to employing them on release.

Panellists include:

  • Paddy Richardson, Chief Executive of IASIO (Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders)
  • Niall Walsh, Manager of Pathways
  • Philip Richardson, Youth Cultivator, Solas Project
  • Mairéad Deevy, Barrister-at-law.

Tea, coffee, and pastries will be provided.

To register for the event, click here.

If you require any further information on this event, or if you have registered and are no longer available to attend, please contact Pamela, Campaigns and Admin Officer at: pdrumgoole@iprt.ie or (01) 874 1400.

This campaign is kindly supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

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