This is a MUST read for anyone working in the Public Sector. It is longish so give it time.
Satellite Tracking of Offenders - Pie in the Sky?
Rob Allen writes... "The National Audit Office Report on recent efforts to expand electronic tagging paints a sorry picture of failed procurements, contract disputes and wasted public money including £60m of sunk costs. The report finds the new generation electronic monitoring system (EM)– which both enforces curfews by verifying whether an offender or suspect is at home and a location tracking function -will be five years late if it gets going by next year."
The prison monitor sacked after voicing her concerns
"She was the watchdog who was accused of causing "embarrassment" by ministers and driven to the depths of despair after voicing concerns about prison monitoring. Then serious rioting erupted at several English prisons. Was Faith Spear right to blow the whistle on the state of England's jails?"
Making Social Work Work
"We can no longer fudge the choice: do we want social workers as bureaucrats or as agents of change? Few would admit to believing in the social worker-as-bureaucrat model, yet there are rational reasons why so much social work practice is still mired by process, compliance and paperwork. Accepting the definition of social work as the process of intervening to help children and adults in moments of crisis with high levels of risk has profound implications for the status quo."