Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Social Justice, Policy & Vision

A big part of our commitment and remit as a national organisation is to promote social justice wherever and whenever possible.

We have a significant reputation for contributing at a strategic level to a variety of policy agendas and decisions. A recent achievement was conducting research that led to a change in decision to build another secure centre. Over the years, Safe Ground has been part of the working group reporting to the Families of Offenders Board, supporting the minimum standards for visitors’ centres and creating the Family Support Worker model as part of the original Family Man programme. In the early 90s, when Jack Straw issued a Prison Service Instruction prohibiting arts organisations from working in prisons, Antonia Rubinstein, founder of Safe Ground, worked with colleagues to establish the Arts Alliance, now known as the NAACJ. Safe Ground was a steering group member of the Arts Alliance until 2014.  In recent years we have continued our involvement in policy influence and have made significant submissions to; The Harris Review, The Lammy Review, The Farmer Review, The Young Review, The Howard League, PLA Smart Rehabilitation Report

Safe Ground and Social Justice

Currently, Safe Ground holds a Board or Steering Group position on a number of national bodies, representing our constituents’ issues, suggesting alternatives and solutions to institutional and political problems, and working with local and national government to achieve better life chances, quality of services and impact for social change. We are currently an elected member of the Prisoner Learning Alliance. 

Works for Freedom was a site run by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies until a couple of years ago. Safe Ground were regular contributors to the site, which curated high quality articles, opinion pieces and analysis from practitioners and academics. In memoriam of the Works for Freedom site, Safe Ground is archiving our contributions to the site here:

Myths and Criminal Justice 

Justice is a way of moving, not a moment in court

The Fear Factor 

Prison vs Macdonalds


Who decides how things are related?


Commissioning – it’s about getting the structure and framework for a service


Policy and Vision

Safe Ground believes people in prison are people and that the Prison Service is only one of many mechanisms available for use in the management of social issues, including crime.

We work with people inside prison and in community settings to develop new ways of relating to each other. Our work is based on honest communication, self-awareness, and the importance of our own and others’ needs.

At Safe Ground we use the arts to create projects that involve, inspire, and engage groups of people from often different and differing perspectives.

We aim to achieve improved relationships for us all – as individuals, groups, communities and institutions.


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