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Probation teams get free training courses

Training provider Red Snapper Learning has released a 19-unit course so that officers can update their continuous professional development (CPD). With training budgets still under pressure across the Probation Service, keeping up with legislation changes and the latest developments in sentencing planning is challenging. The free online training course has… Probation officers are being offered free online training so they can keep up their career development....

Child arrests down again

The Howard League for Penal Reform has been running a large-scale programme designed to reduce the number of children arrested since 2010. There is a consensus amongst experts that involving children in the criminal justice system should be avoided whenever possible. On the whole, troubled young children need support rather… Work with Offenders profiles a successful campaign by the Howard League for Penal Reform and work with police forces on issues which arise out of children in residential care ...

Ministry of Justice opens bids for £66m probation contract

Bidding has begun for a £66m contract to provide rehabilitation programmes to the National Probation Service. The Ministry of Justice has begun the tendering process to select providers that will help rebuild services to support people on probation in England and Wales. The five-year contract, worth £66m, will begin from… The Probation Service has invited bidders for five new offender management contracts as part of policy shake up ...

Tackling the links between social media and youth violence

Social media plays a very central role in the lives of young people in the UK today. While it creates opportunities, this brave new world brings with it some very serious safeguarding challenges for professionals working with young people. Two years ago, the charity Catch22 published a report which examined… Work with Offenders explores a new initiative recognising that limiting young people's use of social media will simply drive online activity underground ...