Revolving Doors publishes tool-kits

Revolving Doors published last week two tool-kits for practitioners: Service user involvement which is an essential part of developing and running effective probation services.  Involving service users can contribute to service design, to monitoring  the impact of interventions  as well as giving them a voice supporting their journey  away from crime. Peer research. This toolkit is designed for probation staff and those involved in probation to be able to run a research project with a ...

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Probation Institute publishes paper on relative merits of single occupancy and open plan offices

The Probation Institute has published a position paper on the topic of office arrangements, looking at research into the relative benefits of single occupancy and open plan offices in probation and rehabilitation, and their impact on both staff and service users.   This is particularly relevant at the moment as new service providers start refining and implementing their own delivery models.  Read the paper in full below or download a pdf copy here. This is the first in a series of ...

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Peer-led housing: the SHE project

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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What makes a good Probation Officer?

Amarjit Kaur of Revolving Doors reports on the charity's work to involve service users in probation work in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire - which included asking the question: What makes a good Probation Officer? There is a growing recognition that, because of their direct experiences, service users have a unique insight into what works, which can be used to improve services. In the criminal justice system, involvement has another crucial role to play, as a mechanism to support desistance ...

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Service User Involvement

User Voice: Through the Gate Services

    This model links User Voice Councils through the gate, so that Council members can be recruited, trained and elected in Northumberland prison and continue this role on release joining the Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company Service User Council, getting peer support through the gate. ...

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