As part of a new series of blogs, Crest Advisory will be posing some of the big policy questions in the field of crime and justice. The first blog, by Crest Chief Executive Harvey Redgrave, sets out three challenges facing the criminal justice system in 2023.
Police forces and tech companies, devolved authorities and public inquiries all play a part in building a safer, more secure society. As the UK’s only consultancy with a crime and justice focus, we’re as much of a blend as the sector itself. We research the big issues or dig into an organisation’s data. We consult with them to assess their demand or understand the policies, then define a strategy. We communicate (and help them communicate) the message to the wider world.
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Crest helps government agencies and organisations improve their performance and efficiency by providing expert advice and support. We work on a wide range of issues, such as organisational development, policy analysis, and program evaluation. We also help clients develop strategies for improving service delivery, managing public resources, and engaging with citizens.
Developing a strategic needs assessment for youth justice
To help West Midlands Combined Authority cope with changing demand and shrinking resources, we analysed and flow and needs of offenders aged 10-17, and devised a new strategic approach to improve collaboration between the justice, education and mental health services across seven local authorities.
Public inquiries and independent reviews
Public inquiries and independent reviews have to build trust and confidence in their work among audiences who may be sceptical, vulnerable or traumatised. In our work on inquiries and reviews, we tackle the challenge of following the evidence while demonstrating empathy and making rapid progress without compromising on rigour.
Crest Advisory’s consultancy work is paid for by public sector organisations, including police forces, devolved authorities and other justice agencies, and their private sector partners. We provide strategy, communications and governance support to public inquiries, inquests and other independent or arms-length bodies which are funded by government. Our independent think-tank work is supported by charitable foundations and trusts who fund specific pieces of research and are identified in the reports we publish.