News and experiences from UK justice, including courts, YOTs, Probation offices, practitioner recruitment and training.
Author Archives: Andrew
It is not often that poetry grabs me and doesn’t let go, but here is one such poem…
28 Nov 2013, 6:42 pm | Written by Andrew
Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this … Continue reading
What is art?
6 Nov 2013, 7:08 am | Written by Andrew
Having listened to Grayson Perry giving his thoughts on the nature of art in the second Reith lecture http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/radio4/transcripts/reith-lecture2-liverpool.pdf I was set thinking on Sunday. I had been dragged down to a model railway exhibition by my son – who is … Continue reading
Managerialism – why it is the wrong approach to running public services – with a dramatic example of its failings!
5 Nov 2013, 7:26 am | Written by Andrew
Definition Let’s start with a simple dictionary definition (Collins) which is adequate for our purposes The application of managerial techniques of businesses to the running of other organizations, such as the civil service or local authorities Basically managerialism is the … Continue reading
Results from the survey of youth justice practitioners
30 Oct 2013, 7:08 am | Written by Andrew
In the next few months the results from the survey that was completed by 72 respondents as part of the research project for my doctoral thesis will be put out on the blog. The reason for the delay in transmission … Continue reading
The outsourcing of services from Local Authorities and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) – future proofing and a question of service user input
22 Oct 2013, 1:34 pm | Written by Andrew
While listening to a news item about the price of electricity that EDF will be paid for generating nuclear power, it started me thinking about perfect future knowledge that procurement people must have to do a “good” job. They must … Continue reading
Survey on youth justice
15 Jan 2013, 2:52 pm | Written by Andrew
Information from the practitioner questionnaire will be published here and will also be sent out as a monthly newsletter.
Probation changes – no surprises at this point
9 Jan 2013, 12:01 pm | Written by Andrew
So the Government has unveiled its proposals to “modernise” the Probation Service. It is all about commissioning out of services – Privatisation in other words. What I fail to understand is how this will be done cheaper. All the multitude … Continue reading
Wither the Probation Service?
2 Jan 2013, 4:27 pm | Written by Andrew
Whatever 2013 brings, it will not all be happy news for the Probation Service. Large parts of it are to be further privatised with only High Risk Offenders and Court Assessment likely to be spared. It also looks like the … Continue reading
Thank George for that!!
11 Oct 2012, 2:45 pm | Written by Andrew
The main political party conference season is now complete, and he have an idea of where the Coalition are going, or to be more accurate returning to, with the criminal justice agenda. After a brief sojourn in the Clarke wilderness the coalition are … Continue reading
Engaging young people – let’s get radical!!
27 Jan 2012, 11:56 am | Written by Andrew
How do you or your team engage young people? What theories around engagement are the basis for you, or your team’s practice? If you are unsure about the answers to these questions then you are not alone. To quote from … Continue reading