Criminal Justice Programme

Removing the language barrier to accessing justice and rehabilitation for people with involvement in the criminal justice system

Improving access to justice and rehabilitation through:

  • Evidence

    Conducting research to understand the impact of language barriers

  • Knowledge

    Supporting frontline practitioners to enhance their skills

  • Good Practice

    Developing innovative and impactful models of support

The Criminal Justice Programme is focused on breaking down the language barrier to accessing justice and rehabilitation for individuals for whom English is an Additional Language in contact with the English criminal justice system. 

The Bell Foundation works in partnership to change policy and practice for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. 

Resources are developed to improve the criminal justice sector’s ability to respond to the needs of individuals who use English as an Additional Language.

A grant scheme to fund organisations supporting victims of crime who have English as an Additional Language. Projects will develop understanding of the challenges that victims of crime face and develop appropriate support.

Language for Change was a grant-making scheme launched by the Foundation in 2015. 

  • 8,000+ Offenders with ESOL needs reached
  • 1,000+ Resources downloaded

Research is an integral part of the Foundation’s work in criminal justice.

The Criminal Justice Programme builds partnerships with organisations that support victims of crime.

We believe in diversity, valuing difference and tolerance. Discover more about our values, beneficiaries, strategy and how our programmes empower beneficiaries to overcome exclusion through language education.

There is strong evidence that access to wider support and opportunities has been improved either directly through the provision of help e.g. via casework or peer mentoring, or indirectly through the development of English language skills. Independent evaluation

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The Criminal Justice Programme seeks to break down the language barrier to accessing justice and rehabilitation for individuals in contact with the criminal justice system for whom English is an Additional Language.