The Moral Compass

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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Putting values and ethics into practice

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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Better justice in mental health

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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Breaking the link between alcohol and violent crime

A new research paper from the Medical Council on Alcohol explores the effectiveness of intervention strategies at reducing harmful drinking in the probation setting, through the use of a randomised control trial. Below is an Abstract of the full article, which calls for more research to be undertaken to determine the effectiveness of brief interventions on this group of service users within probation. The Council (which includes Prof. Jonathan Shepherd, left) illustrate the prevalence of ...

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Health & Recovery Support

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (Northumbria CRC) runs a recovery support service with its Newcastle IOM team which has shown great results in its first year. There was a 37% reduction in crime during the first six months of engagement. The recovery support service was commissioned in January 2013 and the contract was awarded to Changing Lives, a national charity which provides specialist support services for vulnerable people. It is led by Stephen Jamieson, senior peer recovery ...

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