Criminal Justice Forum

About the Forum

Are you a voluntary organisation working in Bournemouth, Dorset or Poole involved in any of the following:

  • Promoting Equality and Diversity
  • Reducing Re-Offending
  • Promoting Community Safety
  • Supporting Victims or Witnesses
  • Reducing Substance Misuse and Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol
  • Preventing Youth Crime
  • Preventing Violence against Women and Girls

If so, then the Criminal Justice Forum could be an important source of support and information for you.

The forum is open to all Voluntary Sector Organisations providing services in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset. The Criminal Justice Forum aims to ensure the effective involvement of the Voluntary and Community Sector in all aspects of the planning, development and delivery of services to reduce crime and prevent re-offending. The forum meets three times a year. 

If you would like to receive regular notifications about the forthcoming meetings or for more information about the forum please contact us on or 01202 466130.

Click here for information about the Dorset PCC

Click here for a useful website on Transforming Rehabilitation

LankellyChase Foundation with Heriot-Watt University has released the most robust research to date on severe and multiple disadvantage in England. Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage in England draws together previously separate datasets from homelessness, offending and substance misuse treatment systems. It also takes into account available data on mental health and poverty. It delivers the latest and most comprehensive statistics on people facing severe and multiple disadvantage: where they live, what their lives are like, how effectively they are supported by services, and the economic implications of the disavantages they face. Bournemouth features in the report as one of the local authority areas with the highest prevalence of sever and multiple disadvantage. Read the report here and the summary here.


Forthcoming meetings

The first Criminal Justice Forum of 2017 will be on 21st March from 2pm. Registration and refreshments will be available from 1.30pm. We are delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner to present on his plan for the next 4 years. Also presenting will be the Safer Dorset Fund. Booking will be essential and a registration link will be distributed across our networks nearer the time.

Past meetings

Please download the agendas and the presentations from past meetings by clicking the links below:

Criminal Justice Forum - 15th November 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Click here for the presentation by Bournemouth Community Safety Partnership

Criminal Justice Forum - 19th April 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm

At this Forum we gave the Voluntary Sector an opportunity to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates standing for election. This was an open floor Q&A and discussion session and as such there are no presentations.

Criminal Justice Forum - 17th November 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Click here for the presentation by LiveWell Dorset

Criminal Justice Forum - 16th June 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Click here for the presentation by Clinks

Click here for the presentation by Dorset Police

Criminal Justice Forum - 20th January 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Agenda 20th January

Click here for the board structure information

Click here for the presentation by Paul Elliott, Crimestoppers UK

Click here for the presentation by Verena Cooper, Dorset CCG


Criminal Justice Forum - 28th October 2014, 2.00pm-4.00pm


Agenda 28th October


Click here for the presentation by Tina Ridge, Dorset Probation


Click here for the presentation by Martyn Underhill, PCC for Dorset


Click here for the Q&A session


Criminal Justice Forum - 1st April 2014, 2.00pm-4.00pm


Agenda 1st April


Click here for the presentation by ACC David Lewis on the strategic partnership between Dorset and Devon & Cornwall police forces


Click here for the presentation by Andy Williams at Bournemouth Borough Council on Dorset Community Safety Partnerships


Criminal Justice Forum - 28th January 2014, 2.00pm-4.30pm


Agenda 28th January


Click here for the presentation by Victim Support on Restorative Justice


Click here for the video The Woolf Within

Criminal Justice Forum- 8th October 2013, 2.00pm-4.30pm

Agenda 8th October

Click here for the presentation by Isabel Livingstone, Clinks South West Development Officer

Click here for the presentation by John Wiseman, CEO Dorset Probation Trust



Criminal Justice Forum- Martyn Underhill- 16th May 2013, 2.00pm-4.30pm

Agenda 16th May

Click here for the presentation by Martyn Underhill


Criminal Justice Forum- Victim Support-14th March 2013, 2.00pm-4.30pm

Agenda 14th March

Click here for the presentation by Jenny Willoughby from Victim Support

Click here for the presentation by Paul Thomas from Bournemouth People First

Click here for the group notes.

Invitation to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates - 29th October 2012,  2:00pm- 4:00pm

Agenda 29th October 2012

Click here for the notes from the Group work from the meeting


Criminal Justice Conference- 12th September 2012,  2:00pm- 4:00pm

Police and Crime Commissioners- How the new partnerships and commissioning arrangements will work

For an agenda please click here

Click here for Debbie Simpsons Building Safer Communities through stronger partnerships presentation

Click here for David Locks Opportunities for improving partnership working in the new arrangements

Criminal Justice Forum- 21st June 2012

Agenda 21st June 2012

Jason Mumford, Dorset Police Authority; Police and Crime Commissioners Presentation

Kerry Denton, Dorset Probation; Presentation

Introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners; Notes

Criminal Justice Forum- 29th March 2012

Agenda 29th March 2012

Jane Barkes, The Footprints Project; Helping to reduce the risk of re-offending, Presentation

Stuart Ware, Restore Network; Peer Mentoring, Presentation

Workshop notes - Mentoring Services

Criminal Justice Forum- 21st September 2011

Agenda 21st September 2011

Workshop notes - Driving change in the Criminal Justice System – How the voluntary and community sector an assist

Criminal Justice Forum- 30th March 2011

Agenda 30th March 2011

Workshop notes - Launch of the Voluntary and Community Sector Forum


Improving Partnership Work in the Criminal Justice System across Dorset

On 8th June 2010 delegates met together to start talking about joint working to improve outcomes for offenders, their families, and the wider community in Dorset. Using the Open Space process they created an agenda for the day in relation to the question:

How can we make Dorset safer? What is and what isn’t working – and what can we do about it?

Open Space Event Final Report
Open Space Event Executive Summary

Innovative VCS Involvement in IOM Arrangements - Bournemouth Dorset and Poole Final Report

Reps List

Name of Board: Pan Dorset Sexual Violence Strategic Group
Number of Rep Places: 1
Rep(s): Donna Martin, BCHA

Name of Board: Bournemouth and Poole Domestic Violence Strategy group
Number of Rep Places: 1
Rep(s): Andrea Preece, Safe Partnership

Name of Board: Bournemouth Community Safety Partnership
Number of Rep Places:2
Rep(s): Donna Martin, BCHA and Chris Price, Dorset Mind

Name of Board: Bournemouth & Poole Adult Safeguarding Board
Number of Rep Places: 1
Rep(s): Donna Martin (BCHA)