Launch of guide for prison staff to enable creativity during Covid-19

A new guide from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can achieve creativity in a restricted regime.

Access to creative activity is essential for the wellbeing of people in prison, but understanding how to make it possible in the face of Covid-19 restrictions has been a challenge.

A new guide from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Creativity in a restricted regime, gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can achieve this, in collaboration with education providers, artists and arts organisations – as restrictions ease and prison regimes begin to change.

The guide has been produced on behalf of the Arts Forum, which aims to strengthen partnership working between the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and the Ministry of Justice, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and other government departments. The guide includes tips around how creativity can be adapted to different stages of restrictions, examples of arts activities taking place during the pandemic, and suggested approaches prison staff might take to enabling arts activity in prisons.

“I am delighted to endorse this document, which sets out the reasons why creative arts in custody are now more important than ever and gives practical solutions on developing this vital area of work within prison in spite of Covid-19 restrictions. I know first hand the impact the creative arts can have on those in our care, building hope and self worth, providing meaningful activity, and breaking down barriers to create a safer and more positive environment for all. The evidence is clear: creative arts in prison make a difference, and in my view are a need-to-do, not a nice-to-do. I hope you find the guidance and insight provided here useful, and look forward to seeing the creative arts offer in custody continue to develop throughout Covid-19 and beyond as a key part of our recovery.” – Ralph Lubkowski, Governor of HMP Hewell

The distribution of the guide is supported by the Rothschild Foundation, and will be celebrated at a launch event in June.

Read the full guide

This guide is available in its entirety as a downloadable PDF document.

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