Priorities 2013-2016

PAF have identified the following priorities for this period in conjunction with our key stakeholders – Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Probation Board of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

This plan for 2013-16 has been developed with the engagement of a wide range of these stakeholders. A 12 month operational plan, with SMART objectives, will be developed each year and its implementation carefully monitored.

Work in Prisons
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Aim 1: To develop PAF’s creative work within prisons

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Develop the range of arts activities offered in prisons
  • Explore and develop appropriate programmes for remand prisoners
  • Establish appropriate programmes with prisoners and their families
  • Foster peer mentoring in prisons
  • Develop the range of ways that PAF programmes are delivered in prisons
  • Generate ways that PAF’s work supports victim awareness and restorative justice
  • Strengthen the formal and informal relationships with key stakeholders within the prison system
  • Increase awareness of PAF programmes amongst prison staff
  • Negotiate ways that PAF’s programmes can improve the physical environment within prisons
  • Increase the documentation of the participation and development of prisoners engaged in PAF programmes in prisoner records
Work Outside Prisons
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Aim 2: To develop PAF’s creative work in the criminal justice system outside of prison

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Work with stakeholders to develop the support provided to participants when they have left prison
  • Expand PAF’s work with women in the community through the Inspire programme (requires funding
  • Support the development of offenders in the community
  • Develop ways of using PAF’s methodologies to reduce the likelihood of young people ending up in prison (requires funding)
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Marketing and Public Awareness
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Aim 3:To increase awareness of PAF and its work; and to effectively promote its programmes and products to relevant audiences

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Strengthen PAF’s communications with each of its stakeholders
  • Develop the understanding of the needs and requirements of the commissioners and funders of PAF’s programmes
  • Effectively communicate and promote PAF’s programmes to potential participants, particularly those least engaged in other activities
  • Develop the processes for sharing and disseminating creative work produced by participants
  • Increase awareness amongst the public of PAF and its work
  • Develop the PAF website
  • Increase PAF’s ability to measure and promote the success of its work
  • Contribute to the development of public policy in relation to the arts within the criminal justice system
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Human Resources
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Aim 4: To ensure that PAF has the human resources to achieve its plans and they are effectively managed and given the opportunity to develop

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Ensure PAF has the appropriate staff and skills to manage and administer the organisation and these staff are effectively managed and given the opportunity to develop
  • Ensure that PAF complies with all its legal responsibilities particularly in relation to employment and health and safety
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Operational Resources
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Aim 5: To ensure that PAF has the freelance artists, premises and other physical resources it requires to achieve its plans and these resources are managed effectively and efficiently

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Ensure that PAF has the appropriate skilled artists to deliver PAF’s work with participants; and provides appropriate support for the artists
  • Ensure PAF has appropriate administrative premises and other physical resources and these are effectively and efficiently managed
  • Ensure that PAF has use of appropriate space and physical resources to deliver its work within the criminal justice system
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Finance and Funding
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Aim 6: To ensure that PAF has the financial resources it requires to achieve its plans and these resources are effectively and efficiently managed

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Ensure that PAF generates sufficient net income to achieve its plans
  • Develop PAF’s opportunities and ability to tender for contracts
  • Ensure the finances of PAF are effectively and efficiently planned and managed
Governance
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Aim 7:To ensure the governance of PAF complies with the requirements of the law and best practice

Priorities for change 2013-2016:

  • Ensure the board has the appropriate information, skills, experience, structure and systems to govern effectively
  • Ensure the board regularly reviews and improves its own governance performance
  • Ensure PAF complies with all its legal responsibilities
  • Ensure PAF has appropriate strategic and operational plans, which are effectively implemented, and regularly monitored and reviewed
  • Ensure PAF identifies and manages risk effectively