Our Aims

Non-urgent advice: Advancement of Education

To advance the education of the public in the subject of criminal justice, mental health and human rights;

To assist in such ways as the C.I.C. members think fit any charity in England whose aims include advancing education of persons in relation to the subject of criminal justice, mental health and human rights.

Non-urgent advice: Advice and Counselling

The relief of financial hardship by the provision of free legal advice and assistance to persons who, through lack of means, would otherwise be unable to obtain such advice.

Non-urgent advice: Community Capacity Building

Working with members of the community;

Providing support and assistance that enables them to identify and deal with problems that affect them as members of that community;

Developing structures that enable people to be better placed to cooperate with each other and deal with organisations in the wider community;

Nurturing networking and the sharing of lived experiences as part of the learning process, and enabling groups to consolidate and build upon existing skills.

Non-urgent advice: Promotion of Equality and Diversity

The elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and/or criminal history;

Advancing education and raising awareness in equality and diversity within the criminal justice system;

Promoting activities to foster understanding between people from diverse backgrounds;

Conducting or commissioning research on equality and diversity issues and publishing the results to the public.

Non-urgent advice: Promotion of the Law

To promote for the benefit of the public, the efficiency of criminal justice services in England and to promote good citizenship and greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime in the area. 

Non-urgent advice: Promotion of Human Rights

To promote human rights throughout England by all or any of the following means:monitoring abuses of human rights;

obtaining redress for the victims of human rights abuse;

relieving need among the victims of human rights abuse;

research into human rights issues;

providing technical advice to government and others on human rights matters;

contributing to the sound administration of human rights law;

commenting on proposed human rights legislation;

promoting public support for human rights;

eliminating infringements of human rights;

In furtherance of that object but not otherwise, the members shall have the power to engage in political activity provided that the members are satisfied that the proposed activities will further the purposes of the C.I.C. to an extent justified by the resources committed and the activity is not the dominant means by which the C.I.C. carries out its objects. 

Non-urgent advice: Social Inclusion

To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society

For the purposes of this clause ‘socially excluded’ means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one or more of the following factors:

Unemployment;

Financial hardship;

Youth or old age;

Ill health (physical or mental);

Substance abuse or dependence including alcohol and drugs;

Discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment;

Poor educational or skills attainment;

Relationship and family breakdown;

Poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards);

Crime (either as a victim of a crime or as an offender rehabilitating into society).

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Last Updated 20th September 2021