Ruth and Kathy

Ruth Mann and Kathy Biggar TrophiesPrison Psychologist, Ruth Mann, and Probation Officer, Kathy Biggar, were both true #HiddenHeroes, and champions of best practice in the UK criminal justice sector.

The Ruth Mann and Kathy Biggar Trophies, named in their memory, recognise notable practice with scope for wider roll-out, in custodial and community settings, respectively. You can find details of recent winners and other finalists below, and to help share good practice more widely, all trophy submissions are added to our online Knowledge Exchange.

[Please note: With their focus on practice rather than people, the Ruth Mann and Kathy Biggar Trophies are distinct from our Annual Awards, which recognise outstanding individuals.]

2023 Finalists

Kathy Biggar Trophy

[Winner] Women’s Trauma Informed Community Healthcare Project (Sandwell & Dudley Probation)
[keywords: female offenders, healthcare]

Reportable Incidents sharing (Wales Probation)
[keywords: intelligence]

New Hall Departure Lounge (Yorks & Humber Probation)
[keywords: resettlement, female offenders]

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The Ruth Mann Trophy did not take place in 2023, while the Trust continued work on the Good Book of Prisons 2. It will next be awarded in 2024.

2022 Finalists

Ruth Mann Trophy

Creating Green Spaces (Brixton) – Winner
[keywords: environment, wellbeing]
Restart Dogs (Dovegate)
[keywords: animal training, education, wellbeing]
Expectations Hub (Ranby)
[keywords: rehab culture, prisoner engagement, standards improvement]

Kathy Biggar Trophy

Weapon Awareness Violence Reduction programme (Bradford YJS) – Winner
[keywords: knife crime, violence reduction]
Out of Court Assessment Tool (Dudley YOS)
[keywords: assessment, supervision]
Graffiti Removal Service (PBNI)
[keywords: unpaid work]

2021 Finalists

Ruth Mann Trophy

Making visits autism friendly (Maghaberry) – Winner
[keywords: neurodiversity, autism, visits, families]
See the Light (Full Sutton)
[keywords: environment, wellbeing, decency]
Problem Support Mentors (Wealstun)
[keywords: peer mentors, safer custody, problem solving]

Kathy Biggar Trophy

Young Adult Transitions programme (London NPS) – Winner
[keywords: young people]
Student Counselling Service (East of England NPS)
[keywords: counselling, wellbeing]
Parent Champions (Hillingdon YOT)
[keywords: young people, parents, exploitation]