A sample of criminal justice charities has made a total of almost 400 redundancies over the past three years, according to a report published by Clinks, the umbrella body for criminal justice charities.
The report, The State of the Sector, published today, identifies key trends for charities working with offenders and their families. It says that a survey of 62 charities working in the criminal justice sector shows that they reported a total of 390 expected and actual redundancies between April 2012 and March 2015. Clinks has more than 600 member organisations.
It says that according to its research, carried out in conjunction with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, 131 redundancies were made by 50 criminal justice organisations in 2013/14.
It says that many organisations are relying on their reserves, putting them at risk of closure.
Winning new contracts is a problem for the sector, it says, and the majority of organisations are failing to receive full cost recovery on every contract they are delivering.
And it says that organisations are spending more time on funding applications, diverting resources away from front-line services.
Clive Martin, director of Clinks, writing in his foreword to the report, says: "The tension between increasing demand for services and decreasing access to funding continues to erode the sector’s ability to provide quality at the required scale.
"The reality of this situation needs to be acknowledged; otherwise it will become too burdensome for staff and the communities they work in."