Celebrating and promoting the best in UK prisons, probation and youth justice

Jan 1, 2022

PAUL WOOD (West Sussex Youth Offending Team)

AWARD WINNER 2021-22: The accolades from both colleagues and the young people Paul Wood works with on reparation all agree: he’s “the real thing”. Over his twenty-year career, he’s become that rare person who reminds people of the essence of why they do the job. Described as “enthusiastic”, “tireless”, “creative”, “committed”, and “passionate”, these words don’t quite do him justice, though. As the father of one young man says “it’s beyond words what Paul does.” Yet in West Sussex, the heart and soul he brings to his work is widely […]
Jan 1, 2022

SHARON ARNOLD (Oakhill Secure Training Centre)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: This is why ‘M’, a teenage boy in custody at Oakhill Secure Training Centre, wanted to nominate Residential Manager Sharon Arnold:
Jan 1, 2022

HORACE DAWKINS (Hackney Youth Offending Team)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Horace Dawkins has been a champion of children and families for over 45 years. He is Commended for his role, during the last 13 years, as a Youth Support and Development Worker for Hackney’s Prevention and Diversion Team. His passion and dedication for this work is undimmed, and informed by his lifetime of commitment to grass-roots communities – and especially the black community. Yet for all his expertise, it’s the heart he brings to his work that stands out, and that comes from another place, as he explains: […]
Jan 1, 2022


COMMENDEE 2021-22: When word got round that Alice James was being nominated, says Werrington’s Head of Enhanced Services Trevor Taylor, he was “inundated by messages of support and colleagues wanting to make commendations.” Next year Alice will be able to look back a quarter of a century to when she first started at Werrington – a lifetime of work during which she progressed from a Prison Officer to a Governor. The warmth and regard of the many colleagues and teenage boys whose lives she has influenced for the better is […]
Jan 1, 2021

CAROLYN WOOD (Aycliffe Secure Centre)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Carolyn Wood is a Specialist Physical Health Nurse who has been in nursing for over three decades. She is Commended for her work at Aycliffe Secure Centre, ‘a secure children’s home providing high quality, specialist secure accommodation for young people between the ages of 10 and 18’, where her leadership, compassion, dedication and commitment to the highest standards is widely admired.
Jan 1, 2020

DENIS LEWIS (Leeds Youth Offending Team)

AWARD WINNER 2019-20: An Operational Manager for the Leeds Youth Justice Service, Denis is granted an Award for the exceptional skill and passion he brings to his work with young people, including those who others find difficult to engage, and as an inspirational line manager, mentor, and role model to colleagues. [This Award is supported by MTC.]
Jan 1, 2020


COMMENDEE 2019-20: Keith is Commended for his work at HMYOI Wetherby since 1978, including the last ten years as a volunteer on the Army Cadet Programme, and is viewed by many of the young men he works with as “the grandad they never had”.
Jan 1, 2020

ED HORWOOD (North Yorkshire Youth Offending Team)

COMMENDEE 2019-20: A Development Officer for the North Yorkshire Youth Offending Team, Ed is Commended for developing, and securing funding for, the innovative ‘Pop Up Shed’, teaching young people vocational skills from a mobile workspace.
Jan 1, 2020

CLAIRE MCCARTNEY (Youth Justice in Scotland)

COMMENDEE 2019-20: Claire is the Operations Manager at the Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley. She is Commended for her pivotal role at the heart of a facility for young people at risk of offending, which is now recognised as a national leader.
Jan 1, 2020

HOLLY THURMAN (Croydon Youth Offending Team)

COMMENDEE 2019-20: A Senior Officer for the Croydon Youth Offending Service, Holly is granted a Commendation for the passion and all-round excellence she brings to her role, ensuring ‘Every Child Matters’ is a reality for the young people in her care.
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