In celebration of National Day for Staff Networks, we share our recent highlights and how you can get involved.
The National Black Crown Prosecution Association (NBCPA) is a staff network within the Crown Prosecution Service and we have championed race, equality, and diversity within the criminal justice system for over 18 years.
The term ‘black’ in our name emphasises the shared racial experiences of African, African-Caribbean, Asian, mixed, and other minority groups, but we encourage anyone to join the NBCPA, regardless of background.
We often lend our voice to diversity and inclusion discussions within the senior management team to bring important issues to the forefront. Our 2019/20 annual conference, ‘The Journey’, reflected and drove forward conversations about vital Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) issues within the CPS and our communities.
We host many popular events, from the first-ever CPS Windrush celebration to our flagship ‘Be Inspired’ series where inspirational leaders share their experiences. Our next virtual session on 3 June features Heidi Stonecliffe QC, the first woman from within the CPS to take silk. If you would like to join the virtual session, please contact us.
We have several projects for you to get involved in, from training and work experience to mentoring sessions. If you are looking for opportunities to make a difference while developing your skills, then consider joining the NBCPA. You can help us to deliver training, review CPS strategy, organise community outreach events, and more.
The NBCPA is run entirely by volunteers, and we do this alongside our day jobs because we love the NBCPA and want to see people from minority ethnic backgrounds thriving in their lives and careers.
Our members have shared plenty of positive feedback with us, commending our ‘strong voice for diversity and inclusion’ and vital role in ‘supporting ethnic minority staff to reach their full potential’.
During these unprecedented times, we are working hard to support the mental health of our members with regular communication and virtual events. It’s a challenging time for us all. We hope you are able to take care of yourself and your loved ones, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our virtual events taking place soon.
To find out more, you can contact us in one of the following ways: