Community Programmes Awards

About the Awards

This is the Howard League for Penal Reform annual awards for the country’s most successful community programmes encouraging desistance from crime. The Howard League believes that programmes which help to keep people out of the criminal justice system, by providing alternative, proportionate, effective and targeted interventions will reduce the risk of re-offending.

The Howard League believes that measures should be in place to ensure that children and adults can be diverted from prosecution where appropriate, with courts and custody reserved for people who cannot be managed in any other way. Every effort should be made at the earliest point of contact to resolve issues in the community and if necessary refer children and adults to more appropriate services that meet their needs. 

These annual awards celebrate best practice in diversionary work and champion work in the community that challenges and changes people for the better – be it with children; women; mental health programmes or restorative justice.

Objectives, Criteria and Award categories

2014 Shortlisted Projects

2014 Award Winners

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.