WHERE DIALOGUE HELPS

External Stakeholder Dialogue

An offender comes into contact with many different officials on their journey from arrest to resettlement in the local community.  There are people from the various Criminal Justice Agencies like the Police, Courts, Prisons, Probation and local government, as well as private organisations providing treatment, accommodation and employment.  Although the organisations are all ultimately concerned with public safety and well-being, they tend to have distinct skills, interests, budgets and targets which distract them from their combined effectiveness.  And at times they are downright counter-productive as the potential progress of one agency is prevented by the actions of another.  It is difficult to address the situation because with the myriad of reporting lines there is no single person in authority.  This is where Dialogue is critical.  The more stakeholders there are, and the more competing their interests, the more essential it is to have Dialogue.  Bringing all the stakeholders together in Dialogue reveals the many low-cost ways those involved can assist each other’s needs and interests, and it can reveal the gaps in support between them through which offenders fall into recidivism.

Read the Threshold Dialogue Case Studies.