Wednesday, 30 July 2008

'Relentless in their pursuit to make a difference' It's now a year since my brother died. And here, appropriately enough, is one of those ways in which we seek to perpetuate some value - an announcement I received this morning, with a mix of pain and pride, from London Probation Service. It reflects him perfectly: rock-solid principles in the centre, and the rest is about people. The Mark Harris Award The award aims to recognise a member of staff who, like Mark, demonstrates the core ethos of probation through their work - not simply to punish, but to regard each offender as an individual with the potential to be rehabilitated and find their place in society. The award is aimed at offender-facing practitioners, middle managers and support staff who display these same attributes of offender-related principles. Who keep the individual offender at the centre of everything they do, and who are relentless in their pursuit to make a difference in their lives. The winner of the award will be: Someone who demonstrates best practice in all aspects of their work. An offender-facing staff member or a member of staff who supports practitioners, who excels in their role to get the best from individual offenders. Someone who is committed to offender management and delivering quality in everything they do. Someone who challenges the status quo to improve probation services. Has high energy, and a natural aptitude for working with offenders A passion for rehabilitation, and a real belief in the ability of individuals to transform themselves. Nominations must be evidence based, and we would specifically encourage nominators to include testimonies from offenders who have benefited from the work of the nominee. The closing date for nominations is 5 September, and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges, including Mark's wife, Helen Ford.

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