Whilst the Awarding Panel has been busy over the Summer reviewing the 350+ nominations for the 2016-17 Awards, we’ve been hard at work helping to spread good practice and learning across the sector.
In July, we held a ‘Summer School’ for Prison Officers which brought together 107 front line staff (with more than a thousand years of experience between them) with leading academics and researchers, under the title ‘Prison Officers at their best’. It was an incredible two days, with some great presentations and amazing feedback from everyone, but most important of all were the ‘messages for management’ from the staff and the ‘golden nuggets’ of advice for their peers. Click here for a full write-up of the event and copies of all the presentations and feedback.
In September, we held our second ‘Research into Practice’ conference for prison and probation managers, at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. The list of eminent speakers included Professor Alison Liebling and Dr Ben Crewe from the Institute, desistance expert Professor Fergus McNeill from the University of Glasgow and, all the way from New Zealand, the originator of the Good Lives Model, Professor Tony Ward. Conference proceedings and copies of all the presentations here.
And in November, we held a good practice strategy meeting, bringing together senior leaders from NOMS and each of the private sector prison and probation providers, as well as representatives from the inspectorates, MoJ and others. The meeting looked at how, collectively, we can: (i) improve collaboration and the sharing of good practice across the sector; and (ii) help to counter the prevailing negative coverage of the sector, and boost staff morale, by publicising some of the many examples of excellence more widely. A number of great ideas were put forward and we’ll be working with the sector over the coming months to help put them into effect.
Finally, throughout the Summer period we have been working together with NOMS on a new web-based platform to improve communication between staff working across the sector as a whole, including public, private and voluntary services. We hope to launch the new platform in early 2017.