Do you have lived experience of the criminal justice system? Do you have the potential to be a leader for change?

 We are delighted to announce that the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA)’s lived experience leadership programme, ELEVATE CJS, has opened applications to attend the ELEVATE CJS Taster Day 2022. Attendance is not essential to apply to be part of the ELEVATE CJS 2023 cohort, however it is an invaluable opportunity for potential emerging leaders to learn more about the programme.


 The Criminal Justice Alliance is piloting ELEVATE CJS, a comprehensive twelve-month leadership programme that promotes the redistribution of power to people with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

 The programme aims to dismantle the barriers of stigma and tokenism, which prevent emerging leaders who are working in the sector from progressing to positions of power and influence.

 Through personal and professional development training, the programme will equip individuals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to advance systemic change, challenging the criminal justice sector to reimagine who can be a leader.

 ELEVATE CJS runs from January to December. The first cohort will begin the programme in January 2023.

 Read more about ELEVATE CJS, and sign up to be first to hear when applications open for the 2023 cohort, here.

  About the ELEVATE CJS Taster Day

 The ELEVATE CJS Taster Day is an opportunity for people who may apply to be part of the 2023 cohort to find out more about the ELEVATE CJS Leadership Programme. Attending the ELEVATE CJS Taster Day 2022 is not essential for applications to be part of the ELEVATE CJS 2023 cohort.

The Taster Day is taking place in Central London. Successful applicants will receive an invitation by email in the coming weeks, with details about the venue.