Interim Chief Executive of the Probation Institute, Savas Hadjipavlou, has written for Alliance for Useful Evidence, on the developing role of the Probation Institute as a champion of evidence-based practice and provider of professional leadership for probation. Savas reflected on the importance of the Institute's ability to set and maintain standards of practice in a time of profound change for probation, and the importance of an independent voice to unite probation workers in both CRCs and ...

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The inception of SHE (Support & Housing East Lancashire) began in August 2013 when I tried to access housing following a suspended sentence. As a single 44-year old woman, I did not fit the priority need for emergency accommodation or indeed any accommodation. My mother took me in and from her sofa I began to research the housing problem in East Lancashire. I studied those coming from prison and the lack of affordable housing available to them. This sent my research further into the benefit ...

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Probation Quarterly asked probation academics Prof Anne Worrall, of Keele University, and Prof Rob Canton, of De Montfort University, what they believe to be the values and ethics of probation practice. What do you feel is the importance of commonly held values for probation? Rob Canton: I think the expression that I’ve heard used sometimes is a ‘moral compass,’ something which helps us to work out in a principled way how policies and practices should develop, but also something that ...

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A greater understanding of a profession’s core values and ethics can enrich professional practice. Leading community justice academic, Professor Rob Canton, has passionately put forward the case for professional ethics and values to consciously guide the practice, policy and institutions which deliver criminal justice. Through having an understanding of ‘what’s right’ in doing justice, Professor Canton argued this gives meaning and purpose to social-minded professions such as probation, ...

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Paula Reid was awarded a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to the USA and Canada to look at responses to mental illness in the criminal justice system. Her Fellowship report, including case studies from the USA, Canada and the UK, was published in July. The response of the criminal justice system to people affected by mental illness has had a welcome focus in recent years. This group is disproportionately represented at all stages of the system, from the volume of ...

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