News and experiences from UK justice, including courts, YOTs, Probation offices, practitioner recruitment and training.
The new financial year: prospects and a survival guide
13 Apr 2011, 2:15 pm | Written by Andrew
By Andrew Thorne, MD As we are all aware the new financial year started last week. Here’s a quick look at what we can expect over the next few months: Local government and probation spending: This is being squeezed however … Continue reading
Hot on paying you promptly!
4 Nov 2010, 3:56 pm | Written by Backstop
Some timesheet tips from your friendly team in Backstop accounts: Backstop locum practitioners are responsible for getting timesheets correctly authorised and submitting them each week. Timesheets must be submitted by 5pm every Monday to include all hrs worked from the … Continue reading
Who would be a temp now?
27 Sep 2010, 1:40 pm | Written by Andrew
In a climate where talk of cuts is on everyone’s lips it may seem foolhardy to be a temporary contractor right now. At Backstop we are well aware of everyone’s anxieties about the job market and are working hard to … Continue reading
Backstop is proud to receive its Investors in People Award
13 Nov 2009, 4:18 pm | Written by Naomi
By Naomi Finally, the day had arrived – the Investors in People celebration event. I know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun, but I have to admit that I was really looking forward to celebrating the achievement of Backstop obtaining … Continue reading
April 2009 – Backstop continues to supply temporary staff to London Probation
23 Apr 2009, 12:47 pm | Written by sarah
I am delighted to pass the news to you that Backstop has extended its long term relationship with London Probation and has been appointed an official supplier of temporary probation officers and staff throughout the Capital. We are now one … Continue reading
Fortune favours the bold……………. and those with a strategy
11 Mar 2009, 5:10 pm | Written by Naomi
Some people use the terms ‘strategy’ and ‘plan’ interchangeably, but when I use the term ‘strategy’ I mean what you need to do to achieve an overall aim; and when I use the word plan, I mean how you implement … Continue reading
10 years’ practice makes perfect
13 Feb 2009, 2:52 pm | Written by Naomi
Apparently, it’s been scientifically proven that if you put in the time and effort, any one of us is able to become a genius. Even Edison knew that genius was 1% inspiration, 29% good instruction and 70% perspiration. Think for … Continue reading
Feeling blue might not be such a bad thing……Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) workshop
2 Feb 2009, 3:17 pm | Written by sarah
We at Backstop recently attended a wonderfully insightful session aimed at discovering our personal strengths in terms of how we relate to others in both day-to-day situations and during conflict. This was measured via the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) test. … Continue reading
Reject the cute fix!!!
27 Feb 2008, 12:48 pm | Written by Andrew
A few weeks back I wrote about how to deal with a problem – don’t rush it. This week is a follow up to that. The number of times that I have looked at a problem, and then rushed to … Continue reading
Managed Vendor Services (MVS) – A disaster for young people?
6 Nov 2007, 4:31 pm | Written by Andrew
In Backstop’s view they have been a disaster for youth justice recruitment. We can no longer respond so effectively to vacancies in YOTs as we can not speak to the managers about what their requirements are We therefore cannot properly … Continue reading