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Catch22Minutes

Catch22Minutes

By Catch22

Catch22 believes that in order to thrive, people need the 3Ps: good people around them, a safe place to live, and a purpose in life. Delivering public services across the UK, Catch22 works to achieve these 3Ps across the employability, justice, education and social care sectors.

In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.
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The Third Sector and the Future of Public Services: An Interview with Chris Wright
The Third Sector and the Future of Public Services: An Interview with Chris Wright
Catch22 traces its roots back to the late eighteenth century and lays claim to the initiation of a range of public services from education to probation. For many of the statutory services we know today, they started off as ideas and then became services delivered by private and voluntary organisations – such as Catch22. Today host Josie Cochrane is joined by Catch22’s former CEO Chris Wright. From his early days as a social worker to leading Catch22 through the immense changes for nearly two decades, he’s been a huge advocate for the power of social enterprises and the importance of public sector innovation. As he hands over the reins to Catch22 CEO Naomi Hulston, we talk about public services, the changes he’s seen over the years, and the future of public sector procurement. #Catch22Minutes
21:50
July 13, 2022
Hidden Victims and the Meaning of ‘Victim’
Hidden Victims and the Meaning of ‘Victim’
‘Hidden victims’ are people who do not access victim services, even though these services are free and independent of the police. Hidden victims are not included in official crime statistics. From those dealing with homelessness or domestic or sexual violence to those who are very young or elderly, their under-reporting means funding does not get sufficiently allocated to these groups of particularly vulnerable groups.  At the same time, the term ‘victim’ too often feels disempowering to those affected by crime. How do we better reach those in need of support? And what can we do to empower all victims in today’s justice system?  To discuss this, Catch22Minutes host Josie Cochrane is joined by Emma Jones, Catch22's Director of Victim Services, and Millie Gant, Juniper Lodge Manager - a sexual assault referral centre based in Leicestershire. catch-22.org.uk #Catch22Minutes
22:01
June 29, 2022
Preventing Fraud
Preventing Fraud
4.6 million people are affected by fraud each year and around 700,000 will go on to suffer profoundly as a result of its impact. As incidences of fraud continue to grow, as do the sophisticated methods behind different types of fraud, so too will the impact on people’s lives. Joining today’s episode is Kevin McGetrick, Head of Victims Services and Commissioning at the Hertfordshire OPCC, and Neil Postins, Service Delivery Manager for the National Economic Crime Victim Care Unit, headquartered at the City of London police. You’ll also hear from one of Beacon Victim Care’s case workers, discussing the myths around romance fraud and the impact it has. Join the conversation using #catch22minutes Catch-22.org.uk
22:36
June 15, 2022
The Digital Revolution in our Prisons
The Digital Revolution in our Prisons
COVID-19 has accelerated the use of technology across the justice sector - from virtual court hearings to video support visits. The challenge now is to ensure innovation continues. We know good people and a purpose are key to helping prison leavers rehabilitate into our communities, so how do we do all this while ensuring human relationships remain the priority? Hosted by Josie Cochrane, joining us today is James Levy from Socrates360 and Code4000’s Jim Taylor. Socrates are developers of technology, supporting staff in both prisons and the community. Code4000 trains prisoners to become software developers, and then supports them into launching their careers on release, minimising reoffending. #Catch22Minutes
22:15
June 01, 2022
Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice
Restorative justice gives victims the opportunity to be heard and the offender the chance to  repair the harm done – all through a supportive, controlled environment. It can involve an in-person facilitated discussion, letters or recorded messages between the victim and offender. Research also suggests it results in at least a 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending, and an 85% victim satisfaction rate.   In this episode, Catch22Minutes host Josie Cochrane is joined by Detective Superintendent Chris Baker from Leicestershire Police, and Charlotte Caulkin, Director of the Restorative Engagement Forum which delivers restorative justice and restorative practice across the UK, including through working with Catch22’s justice and education teams.   You’ll also hear from Jas Purewal from our Victim First team based in Leicestershire. Jas leads the team’s restorative justice work, and tells us more about a recent case involving a mother and daughter.   #Catch22Minutes Catch-22.org.uk
22:50
May 18, 2022
Designing and Delivering Effective Services
Designing and Delivering Effective Services
Effective service design and delivery is essential in public services. Whether it is improving outcomes for prison leavers or transforming the education system, we all want to create meaningful impact. Joined today by Cell Workout creator LJ Flanders, and Head of Social Impact Challenge Lab, Judah Armani, we discuss the challenges with co-creation and how we can overcome these to better innovate public services across the entire justice sector.  Hosted by Catch22 Communications Manager Josie Cochrane. Visit catch-22.org.uk #Catch22Minutes
22:04
May 04, 2022
Reducing Gang-related Harm
Reducing Gang-related Harm
Youth violence and gang-related harm are serious public health issues. While it’s a proportionately small number of young people involved, they have a disproportionately large impact on the communities around them in parts of the UK. There is a strong relationship between socioeconomic factors and gang involvement; exclusion from school, ethnicity, lack of employment prospects, lack of positive role models, and poor housing or homelessness are all cited as factors for joining gangs. Joining host Josie Cochrane, today Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Tom McNeil joins us, alongside Daniel Cunningham from the Straight Up service in Birmingham. Commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, Straight Up is a holistic one-to-one service, delivered by Catch22, supporting those either at risk of or associated with gangs into training and employment. Join the conversation at #Catch22Minutes and visit our website at catch-22.org.uk
22:53
April 20, 2022
The Power of Peer Mentoring
The Power of Peer Mentoring
Much of the UK’s criminal justice sector recruits people with lived experience of the justice system as volunteer supporters. These ‘peer mentors’ or ‘peer volunteers’ take on a range of different roles within organisations, both within prisons and in the community, hugely supporting services. Peer volunteers can benefit from the experience of giving back and improving their own self-confidence, and evidence suggests peer volunteering amongst prisoners can also prevent re-offending. Today, Catch22’s Josie Cochrane explores the power of peer mentors, the challenges, and some of the considerations needed when working with peer mentors. We are joined by Russell Webster, a well-known commentator on justice issues and a member of the Advisory Group for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, and David Breakspear. David, with lived experience and part of RECONNECT, helped Russell with the development of a best practice guide on how to support peer volunteers. Catch-22.org.uk #catch22minutes https://www.russellwebster.com/peers-who-volunteer-a-guide-on-how-to-support-people-with-lived-experience/
22:58
April 06, 2022
Foreign Nationals in UK Prisons
Foreign Nationals in UK Prisons
Foreign Nationals make up 11% of a total prison population in the UK. HMP Wandsworth has a significant Foreign National population, so much so that in 2021 they mobilised a Foreign National Service, now delivered by Catch22. In most prisons there is no specific support for these individuals, despite their needs being complex and the need for specialist knowledge and support – from language barriers to understanding their rights, support for this cohort is particularly urgent when could face deportation, after spending much of their lives in the UK. To discuss the challenges UK prisons face with Foreign National offenders, the impact these challenges have on individuals themselves, and how the justice system can address both, we are joined by Geoff Smith, Director at BEST – the Befriending and Support Team for Foreign Nationals, and Naomi McGrath, Senior Operations Manager in Catch22’s Justice Hub. The episode is hosted by Catch22’s Josie Cochrane. Catch-22.org.uk #Catch22Minutes
22:14
March 25, 2022
Court delays: Reducing the impact
Court delays: Reducing the impact
In the UK, there are currently more than 370,000 cases waiting to be heard in magistrate's courts and 60,000 cases waiting to come before the Crown Courts, which handles the most serious cases. Today's episode welcomes Dame Vera Baird, Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, and Harvey Redgrave, CEO of Crest Advisory – the UK research team dedicated to crime and justice issues.  Hosted by Catch22's Josie Cochrane, we discuss the impact the delays are having on both victims and defendants, how we can reduce these delays, and how technology can reduce the burden on all involved - including for individuals, courts, and victim services themselves.  #catch22minutes catch-22.org.uk
22:53
March 09, 2022
Improving Outcomes for Prison Leavers
Improving Outcomes for Prison Leavers
With reoffending rates costing society over £18 billion a year in the UK, helping prison leavers to re-enter our communities is urgently needed. With good people around them, a safe place to live, and a purpose in life, people with criminal convictions can significantly contribute to our society.  In this first episode of Catch22Minutes of Justice we explore how and why re-integration reduces the chances of reoffending. Why is successful reintegration into the community so important for prison leavers and society?  What are the societal challenges? And what support do we know is already working? Hosted by Catch22's Communications and Marketing Manager, Josie Cochrane, we are joined by Jacob from Offploy – a recruitment network supporting those with criminal convictions into meaningful work – and Noel, from Penal Reform Solutions.  Join in the conversation at #catch22minutes and visit our website at catch-22.org.uk 
22:03
February 22, 2022
Catch22Minutes of Justice
Catch22Minutes of Justice
Welcome to the second season of Catch22Minutes. Hosted by Josie Cochrane, the Communications and Marketing Manager at Catch22, this season we’ll be looking into issues faced by the UK’s justice sector, from providing effective victim services to supporting individuals in our prisons and in the community. From developing restorative justice to reducing the impact of court delays, this series will be focused on solutions that could impact every aspect of the justice sector. #catch22minutes catch-22.org.uk 
01:14
February 22, 2022
The Debate Episode: Reducing Youth Unemployment and Young People's Responsibility
The Debate Episode: Reducing Youth Unemployment and Young People's Responsibility
It's the final episode of Catch22Minutes' Youth Employment series. In this first series, we have focussed on youth unemployment and the challenges ahead. We have heard from employers and charities, from those working directly with young people and from those operating in specific job sectors. We’ve talked about what needs to be done to reduce the employment gap and support young people into good, sustainable jobs.  While we have shared young peoples' stories in every episode, today we are joined by David Jordan Khanu and Bipin Khanal, members of the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit’s Young People’s Advisory Group. They'll be responding to the question: Is reducing youth unemployment as much the responsibility of young people as it of government, businesses and others? You'll hear about Jordan and Bipin's lives and what has helped them at the very start of their career journey. Jordan is currently studying sports and exercise science at the University of Portsmouth, and Bipin has recently launched his design business, Illustrated Prints.
22:27
December 20, 2021
Employability Services in the UK
Employability Services in the UK
During this first series of Catch22Minutes, we've covered a host of topics relating to youth employment – from digital skills, green jobs, and the hospitality sectors, to apprenticeships and how employment is key for diversion from youth violence and preventing re-offending. We have highlighted some excellent examples of the employability programmes that exist to support young people to get the skills and the confidence to enter today's job market. In one of the last episodes of 2021, we’re asking 'what makes good employability support?'. What is it that young people furthest from the job market need to break into the world of work? Which programmes are working and why? And what are employers doing to diversify their talent pool? To discuss this and more, we're joined by Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) and Lisa Jardim, Learning and Engagement Manager Arcus FM, the facilities management company. Arcus FM recently won ERSA's Employer of the Year Award, following their support of Catch22's young job seekers.  Hosted by Melissa Milner #Catch22Minutes catch-22.org.uk 
22:05
December 15, 2021
Employing Prison Leavers
Employing Prison Leavers
Around 66,000 people leave prison in the UK every year. But figures show only 25% of men leave prison and go into some form of employment and the statistic for women is even lower at 20%. Having a job greatly reduces the likelihood of reoffending – and with the yearly cost of reoffending at £18 billion, getting this right could have a significant impact. The government’s recently published prison strategy white paper sets out a plan to get offenders into work – introducing a new job-matching service, pairing offenders up with vacancies in the community, and dedicated employment advisors within prisons to help offenders find work. Discussing this and more, we are joined by Darren Burns, National Recruitment Ambassador at Timpsons, and Kate Carr, Campaigns Manager at Business In The Community, who run the Ban the Box initiative. You’ll also hear Amanul Islam’s story, a Code4000 graduate. Code4000 trains prisoners in coding, and then supports them to get into long-term software development jobs.
22:01
December 08, 2021
Will Young People be Ready for Green Jobs?
Will Young People be Ready for Green Jobs?
The government has pledged to create two million green jobs by 2030. But according to consultancy PwC, just 1.2% of all advertised job roles in the last year were linked to the green economy. So if this ambitious target is to be met, then green jobs could – and should – play a key role in helping tackle youth unemployment. In this episode of Catch22Minutes we ask: What is a green job? How key are green jobs to tackling youth unemployment? And are we seeing more young people wanting to take on jobs that deliver social and environmental impact? We discuss what needs to be done not only to increase the number of green jobs but to get young people excited about them. Our guests today are Dina Potter, Vice President and Global Head of Social Impact at National Grid, and Luke Murphy, Associate Director for Energy, Climate, Housing and Infrastructure at the Institute of Public Policy Research and Head of IPPR's Environmental Justice Commission. Hosted by Melissa Milner #Catch22Minutes catch-22.org.uk
22:03
December 01, 2021
How Can Social Mobility Improve Youth Employment Prospects?
How Can Social Mobility Improve Youth Employment Prospects?
Many of us have experienced the benefits of our social capital when job hunting – whether it’s a referral from a friend of a friend, a former colleague, or just meeting someone at the event you happened to get an invite to. Social capital brings networks, it brings trust and security, and it brings a sense of belonging. With that, it brings individuals the confidence to step up and stand out in the workplace. Research has shown that social capital can even predict work performance – and it helps with job searching, pay and the potential for promotions. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Charlotte Turner, Director of Bean Research – whose focus is on social impact research and Lee Elliot Major, the UK’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter, whose work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged young people.
22:58
November 24, 2021
Inclusive Recruitment
Inclusive Recruitment
From bringing in a broader range of perspectives to understanding your clients or customers better, the benefits of a diverse workforce are huge. But if it’s so beneficial, why do many organisations struggle with inclusive recruitment? Why is it that the employment rate for disabled people is 29 percentage points below the non-disabled rate? And why is the percentage of unemployed people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups twice that of the White British population? On today’s episode of Catch22Minutes, we welcome Antonia Tony-Fadipe, Inclusive Hiring Lead at The Body Shop UK & Global, and Vanessa Johnson-Burgess, Chief Executive of Inclusive Recruitment. You’ll also hear from Hayley Campbell who received support from Catch22’s Inspiring Families Programme when she was facing her own barriers to employment. Hosted by Melissa Milner Visit catch-22.org.uk #Catch22Minutes Contact Josie Cochrane at Josie.cochrane@catch-22.org.uk if you’d like to feature in a future episode.
22:31
November 09, 2021
Are Apprenticeships the Answer?
Are Apprenticeships the Answer?
In the latest figures, apprenticeship starts are down by about 7% compared to last year. That was despite financial incentives being put in place to encourage businesses to take on apprentices. But could apprenticeships boost youth employment? What impact are Government incentives having in practice? And what are the benefits to businesses and young people in embarking on an apprenticeship? We’ll be exploring all this, and more, with Kirstin Steinmetz, Director of Workforce Development at Salesforce, and Kathleen Henehan, Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation. You’ll also hear from Habiba Aden, who is nine months into her Multiverse digital marketing apprenticeship at Catch22. Hosted by Catch22 Director of Communications Melissa Milner Visit catch-22.org.uk #catch22minutes
22:00
October 27, 2021
Employment as Youth Diversion
Employment as Youth Diversion
In the UK, more than 720,000 young people aged 16-24 are classed as NEET (not in education, employment or training). Studies show that time spent NEET can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health, and increase the likelihood of unemployment, low wages, or low quality of work later on in life. It can also increase some young people’s risk of serious violence.   Despite the fact that 18-25 year olds represent just 10% of the UK population, they account for 30% of all police cases. And the reoffending rate for young adults is significantly higher than all other young adults in the criminal justice system.   So how can employment-related support divert young people away from risky behaviours? And what does it take to motivate and engage the younger generation and work with them to find purpose and transition into work?   Joining us for today’s episode of Catch22Minutes, is Darwin Bernardo, Community Engagement Lead at the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, and Stephen Greene, CEO of Apprentice Nation and Rockcorps. You will also hear from Anthony Owuso-Ansah who completed The Social Switch Project’s training and is now completing an apprenticeship at Google.   Hosted by Catch22 Director of Communications Melissa Milner catch-22.org.uk
22:09
October 14, 2021
What’s a Good First Job?
What’s a Good First Job?
For many young people, first jobs are simply a way of making some money, often whilst studying or seeking something more permanent. But a good first job can provide valuable skills or insight into an industry that you’d not considered before. Joined by Sam Olsen, CEO of Movement to Work, and David Allison, CEO of Get My First Job, we discuss first jobs and how we can tackle underemployment – where people find themselves in roles that are low-paid, low-skilled and insecure. You’ll also hear from Savannah Dixon, currently on the government’s Kickstart programme and working at Catch22 supporting the employability and NCS teams on their social media.
22:00
September 29, 2021
The Hospitality Sector
The Hospitality Sector
The UK Hospitality Industry employs over 3.2 million people and contributes to over £130 billion in economic activity, but it’s been hit hard by both Brexit and the impact of COVID-19. As the country reopens and the recovery starts, we discuss what the opportunities are for young people wanting to start a career in hospitality – and what that means for businesses looking to recruit. We are joined by The House of St Barnabas CEO Rosie Ferguson and Pophams Founder Ollie Gold, and we hear directly from Step22 Apprentice Patrick. Step22 is a recruitment and training solution that gets great people into great jobs in the hospitality sector, all funded by the apprenticeship levy.
22:21
September 22, 2021
Digital Skills
Digital Skills
The pandemic has meant many of the roles that have traditionally been occupied by young people haven't been available, but one sector growing more rapidly than most is in technology. In our first episode, we interview Microsoft’s Philanthropies Lead Sarah Foxall and TechUK’s Policy Manager in Skills, Talent and Diversity, Nimmi Patel, and from Lauren, straight from Catch22’s Digital Edge programme.
22:10
September 22, 2021
Catch22Minutes Trailer
Catch22Minutes Trailer
Just a quick welcome from Catch22, introducing you to our first season which will focus on youth employment. What can society do to better prepare young people for today’s job market? And what can we all do to improve future opportunities for young people?
01:13
September 20, 2021