Community Programmes Awards

About the Awards

This is the Howard League for Penal Reform award for the country's most successful community programmes. The competition was launched in November 2005 as part of the Howard League for Penal Reform's aim of increasing public and government support for community sentences. These annual awards celebrate best practice in community sentencing and champion the cutting edge of the criminal justice system, with work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better be it unpaid work, drug and alcohol treatment programmes, or restorative justice.

By finding outstanding community programmes that work with individuals who have committed crime, it is hoped that the Community Programmes Awards will not only celebrate success but also promote positive practice in the delivery of community sentences. We believe that well-resourced and well-structured programmes will raise public protection, bringing down the rate of reoffending, and repay the damage done by crime in a way which custodial sentences cannot. 


The 2014 Awards are now open for nominations.

We are looking for nominations in the following categories:

  • Community sentences for young people
  • Community sentences for adults
  • Women
  • Education, employment and training
  • Restorative Justice
  • Police-led diversion young people (New)
  • Police-led diversion adults (New)

Entry guide

Nomination form

The judging panel

Awards ceremony

All shortlisted projects will be invited to a conference and awards ceremony to be held on 15 July 2014 with an audience of policy makers and practitioners*. The awards this year will be presented be a very high profile guest, to be announced as soon as security allows. All shortlisted projects will be invited to exhibit on the day with an opportunity to network with other practitioners.

* Shortlisted projects will be invited to attend the conference at a reduced delegate rate. 

Sharing and promoting best practice

We have developed a practice sharing hub for practitioners who want to find out more about the award winning programmes recognised by the Howard League each year.

Open Days

We continue to work with the winners and runners-up after the awards, hosting open days with each project to celebrate success and share best practice in the local community. 

Find out more about our open days.