IPRT Seminar: 'Working with Conviction' | Tuesday 26th September

The Irish Penal Reform Trust will be hosting a special seminar on Tuesday (26th Sept at 11am in Chester Beatty Library.

The 'Working with Conviction' seminar seeks to raise awareness of the barriers a convictions history can present to accessing employment and education/training, while promoting awareness of the spent convictions scheme that does exist in Ireland.

The keynote speaker will be Mr. James Timpson, OBE, Chair of the Prison Reform Trust (UK)and Chair of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending. James is Chief Executive of Timpson, a family-owned retail business that proactively recruits ex-offenders into the company through working closely with the prison service at over 70 prisons across the UK. 10% of Timpson colleagues were recruited directly from prison.

A panel discussion will tackle different barriers presented by a convictions history, including accessing employment, education/training, and reintegration of people following release from prison. Panellists include Paddy Richardson, Chief Executive of IASIO (Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders); Niall Walsh, Manager of Pathways; and Philip Richardson of the Solas Project who will speak specifically on issues faced by the 18-23s he works with.

At the event, IPRT will launch a new public information campaign on spent convictions, which will include two information videos produced by SpunOut.

Date: Tues 26th Sept 2017

Time: 11-1pm (registrations from 10.30am) 


Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2