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: TPaul is granted an Award for his exceptional work with West Sussex Youth Offending Team. Winning widespread praise from colleagues for his “enthusiasm”, “compassion”, and “creativity”, he “has a heart of gold” according to one young person, while to one of their parents “what Paul does is beyond words”. [This Award is supported by Ingeus.]
Jan 1, 2022

SHARON ARNOLD (Oakhill Secure Training Centre)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Nominated by one of the young people at Oakhill STC, and described as “exceptional” by her Director, Sharon is Commended for her extraordinary compassion and skill in supporting even the most complex children in her care.
Jan 1, 2022

HORACE DAWKINS (Hackney Youth Offending Team)

COMMENDEE 2021-22: Horace receives a Commendation for being “an inspirational role model”, as a Youth Support and Development Worker with Hackney Youth Offending Team, whose passion, skill and dedication “enrich the lives of all he meets”.
Jan 1, 2022


COMMENDEE 2021-22: Described by her Governor as “a heart amongst hearts”, Alice is Commended for her outstanding care and compassion towards colleagues and prisoners at HMYOI Werrington, over more than 20 years as an Officer and Senior Manager.
Jan 1, 2021

CAROLYN WOOD (Aycliffe Secure Centre)

COMMENDEE 2020-21: Carolyn receives a Commendation for her leadership and dedication, and caring approach, as a Specialist Nurse at Aycliffe Secure Centre, ensuring the highest quality healthcare for some of the most vulnerable young people in society.
Jan 1, 2020

DENIS LEWIS (Leeds Youth Offending Team)

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


COMMENDEE 2019-20: Keith’s Commendation is for his work at HMYOI Wetherby, over more than 40 years, including over a decade as a volunteer on the Army Cadet Programme, and is viewed by many of the young men there as “the grandad they never had”.
Jan 1, 2020

ED HORWOOD (North Yorkshire Youth Offending Team)

COMMENDEE 2019-20: Ed’s Commendation is for developing, and securing funding for, his innovative ‘Pop Up Shed’, teaching vocational skills from a mobile workspace to young people in the care of North Yorkshire Youth Offending Team.
Jan 1, 2020

CLAIRE MCCARTNEY (Youth Justice in Scotland)

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

HOLLY THURMAN (Croydon Youth Offending Team)

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