Failure as punishment - permission and prohibition inside ourselves and our systems

Convened By

Charlie Weinberg, Lindsay Murphy and Anna Ibrahim

We'll be drawing on the experience of being sent to prison, being set up to fail and the relationship between failure and punishment.


Safe Ground is an award winning organisation delivering group work with men, women, young people and staff in custodial and community settings nationally. With 21 years of experience and a wide range of programmes and projects to offer, staff and alumni work together to create ways of supporting people in and out of prison. Some members of the Safe Ground team will be with us to share experiences of prison from a range of perspectives; including lived experience.


This conversation will aim to provoke, challenge, stimulate and suggest how ideas and experiences of failure are culturally and personally created; and how they impact our performance and development. Is failure a social construct and why is it so important to success?



6:15             Registration

6:30             Talk

7:15             Refreshments

7:30             Large Group

9:00             End


IGA Member/Student                            £10

Public                                                    £15

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Charlie Weinberg:

Charlie has been Executive Director of Safe Ground since September 2010. Charlie began her career as a youth worker in Leicester City in 1993 and has worked in the voluntary sector, with young people and families in situations of crisis, ever since. Charlie is committed to challenging power dynamics and working with groups and individuals to develop alternatives to punishment through agency, accountability and reflective practice.


Lindsay Murphy:

Before joining Safe Ground as Programmes Manager in September 2017, Lindsay worked with, and on behalf of, some of the most marginalised groups in society including asylum seekers and refugees, vulnerable women, long term unemployed and the homeless. In her work today she is responsible for the set up and management of her organisation’s programmes in both prison and community settings. What she most values about Safe Ground’s work is its power to support people to express themselves in new ways.

Anna Ibrahim:

Anna began her career working at Blackfriars Crown court as a case administrator and court clerk. Anna then moved into the banking sector and became a very successful Private Banking Manager for various banks. Anna oversaw a portfolio of 300 clients and ran the Middle East desk for a major bank and has specialist experience within Middle East operations. Anna currently works for Safe Ground and is passionate about raising awareness on social justice and the impact prisons have on people who are involved in the prison system.

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