The 2017-18 Butler Trust Award Winners and Commendees have just been announced. The Awards once again reflect some of the best – and often very moving – examples of the dedication, skill, and creativity found throughout the criminal justice system. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of the Trust, will present our Winners with their Awards and Commendations at our Award Ceremony, to be held later in the year.
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Full Sutton prison near York has a particularly impressive history of achievement within the Butler Trust Awards, winning five Awards and a Commendation in the last eight years alone.
On the afternoon of 7 November, as the rain began to fall, our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, arrived at the gates of the prison, to see our winners in their place of work, and meet their colleagues from across the jail.
Escorted by the Governor, Jennifer Willis, The Princess began her visit, appropriately enough, in Visits, where she met Pete Jarvis and Gerry Ryan, Award Winners from 2016 and 2017, respectively, and a number of colleagues closely involved in creating the prison’s “rehabilitative culture”.
From there The Princess moved on to the Close Supervision Centre, to speak to 2016 Commendees, Ian Walton & Emma Powell, and other CSC staff, and then to Healthcare, to meet up with Award Winners Suzie Ingram (2012) and Liz Littlewood (2013) and their colleagues.
The visit concluded in the Chapel, where The Princess spoke to Chaplaincy staff, including 2009 Award Winner Moosa Gora, as well as meeting groups of staff from across the establishment over afternoon tea.
At the end of the visit, the Governor thanked Her Royal Highness for visiting, and noted that the prison’s achievements within the Awards were a credit not only to the winners themselves, but also to the contribution and support of all their colleagues throughout the establishment.
A distinguished audience of over 200 delegates gathered at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on November 6th for ‘Parole, Probation and Prisons – Past, Present and Future.’ Organised by The Butler Trust and supported by HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS), the conference marked the 50th Anniversary of The Parole Board. An exceptional roster of speakers included The Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Nick Hardwick, Chair of The Parole Board; and Michael Spurr, CEO of HMPPS; as well as leading academics and representatives of victims and service users.
After a summer spent reviewing and rating the 300+ nominations received for this year’s Award Scheme, our volunteer Sifting Panel met at the end of September to agree the shortlist to go through to the final stage of judging for the 2017-18 Butler Trust Awards.
The standard was as high as ever and the decision-making as difficult as always – but after much deliberation, the Sifting Panel agreed to put through a final shortlist of 43 nominations.
After the success of last year’s Prison Officer Summer School at Cambridge University, which brought together front line staff and world-leading academics in the prisons field, to share their knowledge and experience with one another, the Butler Trust ran a follow up event in August, at the University of Oxford.
Last year’s event led, among other things, to changes in POELT training, the introduction of mentoring for new staff, and a review of training and development for existing staff. This year’s event brought together 117 officers, with over 1150 years of experience between them, and representing over 95% of the custodial estate in England and Wales, to build on last year and drill down in more detail into: how to recruit, train and support staff better; and how to hold on to, and get the most out of, more experienced staff.