Innovative Practice Intern 

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Role Overview

What will I be doing?

You will primarily work on updating and expanding our Map of Innovation. This requires updating current case studies and undertaking research to locate new candidates from across the UK to produce a number of in-depth case studies for the Centre's website. You will also support the practice team to organise our online seminar-style 'Expert Voice' event to promote innovative practice in the criminal justice sector, which will include a guest speaker. You will write a blog on this event, sharing the learning from the event, highlighting British Innovation and best practice. You will also support the Policy and Communications team by promoting our work on our website and our social media channels. This will give you an opportunity to get involved in different strands of our work and learn about a wide range of innovative justice projects that exist across the UK.

The position will also involve supporting the Centre’s work more generally, for example by helping to design and organise workshops for practitioners, and our upcoming problem-solving court conference. You can read more about our work on our website.

About Us

At the Centre for Justice Innovation, we seek to build a justice system which every citizen believes is fair and effective. We believe that the justice system should be focused on solving the issues that drive crime and social harm; that it should be fair in how it treats people; that it should be proportionate in the things it does; and that those on the front line should be given the freedom and support to come up with innovative solutions to the problems their communities face.

If you have any questions, please email Claire at

Terms: Full time (35 hours per week), fixed term of 4 months, 8 days of holiday. We are open to considering flexible working options if requested.

Pay: £11.95 per hour (London Living Wage). 

Location: Edinburgh House, 170 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5DP. This role is open to applicants living outside of London who are interested in working remotely but the applicant is expected to work at least one day a week at our office. Travel to and from the office will be expensed.

Application deadline: 12pm on Tuesday 28th March 2023

Interviews: Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April 2023. Our preference is to interview in-person but we can also accommodate online interviews.

Start date: April 2023

End date: August 2023


Your duties will include:

  • Engaging with key stakeholders within the criminal justice system;
  • Organising a seminar-style event with guest speaker;
  • Promoting new case studies and our wider work to a wide range of audiences via our website, bulletins and social media;
  • As a small team, every employee is expected to play a role in influencing how the Centre develops. You will be expected to support the practice team and the Centre’s work more generally, for example by helping to design and organise events such as practitioner workshops;
  • Enhancing the Centre's reputation as a source of quality, trusted, leadership and support in promoting and developing innovation in the UK’s justice systems.


Role Requirements

What kind of person do we want?

The following skills and knowledge will be helpful to a candidate applying for this position. However, we recognise that every candidate brings different strengths. If you are strong in some areas but have gaps in others, training and support will be available to help you succeed in this role.

Skills, abilities and knowledge

• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;

• Excellent people and networking skills;

• Accuracy and attention to detail;

• Ability to work independently and manage your own workload;

• Enthusiasm and energy to work in a small team;

• Proficiency across Microsoft Office software;

• A demonstrable interest in social justice, policy and UK politics (desirable);

• Understanding of policy and practice in the criminal justice system (desirable);

You will also need to have:

• A willingness and ability to travel within the UK;

• Eligibility to work in the UK legally. Please do not apply if you do not have the necessary work permit.


The Centre is committed to fair recruitment and the inclusion of applicants with criminal records. It is essential that people do not face unfair discrimination in any role within the charity, whether paid or voluntary. For that reason, we do not use criminal records to exclude people. We only ask about criminal records if they are relevant to the role.

Equal opportunities

It is the policy of the Centre for Justice Innovation to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, offending history or trade union membership status.

Flexible working

The Centre operates a range of flexible working policies to ensure that all employees can create a positive work/life balance and ensure their work is positively structured alongside family and other caring responsibilities. These policies include flexible working hours, time off in lieu, and remote working and remote collaboration tools.


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