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.
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.
Do you know someone who goes ‘above and beyond’? There’s still time to nominate them for a Butler Trust Award, but you’ll need to get your skates on because nominations close on 30 June and we can’t accept any submitted after that date.
Nominations will need to be signed off via your Local Champion before they can be sent on to us. The nomination form includes guidance showing who you should forward your nomination to so that this information can be collected.
[Note for Local Champions: if you have any queries about completing the supporting documentation and getting nominations signed off, please contact us as soon as possible (and before the 30 June deadline!)]
The dust may only just have settled on the Award Ceremony for last year’s winners, but nominations are now open for this year’s Awards (with a closing date of 30 June)!
The Awards are presented by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and help give credit where it’s due to people who go above and beyond in their work in prisons, probation and youth justice settings (including volunteers and third-party employees).
Please note: the closing date for nominations is 30 June and the Trust will not be able to accept nominations received after this time.
Last night’s BBC One Show included a feature on Butler Trust Princess Royal’s Prize winner, Officer Bernadette Hare. The show kicked off with a 5 minute video from HMP Bullingdon about Bernie and the work for which she won her Award, and she received warm applause from the studio audience afterwards.
Commenting on the piece, our Director, Simon Shepherd, said: “While it would have been good to hear from some prisoners talking about the difference staff can make, it was great to see an officer being portrayed in a positive light for a change. This shows that there is an appetite for good news stories out there, and we hope there’ll be plenty more where that came from about the many hidden heroes working in our prisons, probation and youth justice services”.