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West Yorkshire Probation staff at Leeds Pride 2013

Stonewall Success

West Yorkshire Probation Trust is one of the UK's top 50 employers according to Stonewall’s Employers 2014 index released today (16 January). The Trust is 45th in the list of Lesbian Gay and Bisexual friendly employers, a rise of 43 places on the 2013 position (88th).

The index measures the extent to which employers meet the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. West Yorkshire Probation's position puts it alongside organisations like the Home Office, Ernst and Young, IBM and the University of Cambridge.

The Trust is the highest ranked Probation Trust and is the top performing organisation in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Stonewall also recognised the excellent work of West Yorkshire Probation in supporting LGB offenders, new training to support staff to address domestic violence in same sex relationships and a robust approach to addressing the behaviour of those who commit hate crimes.

Alison Fisher Development and Diversity Manager said: “We are proud of this achievement and the commitment of the Trust and all its staff to equality and meeting the needs of LGB colleagues and offenders.

“We are delighted to have improved our performance again this year and to be leading the way in Yorkshire and Humberside. However, we won't stop here and will continue to work hard to ensure we deliver effective support for all staff and offenders, and particularly those with protected characteristics."



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West Yorkshire Probation Trust

At any one time, West Yorkshire Probation Trust is responsible for the management of more than 11,000 adult offenders, approximately 5,700 on Community Orders, 2,300 on licence and 3,000 in custody.

We work with offenders in the community and in custody to tackle their offending behaviour and help them address issues that led them to commit crime. We work in partnership with a range of local organisations and are one of the top six Trusts for reducing reoffending - our reoffending rate has declined by 14% since 2005.

Our Victim Services Unit supports the victims of serious crime and domestic violence.

We are an award-winning, innovative Trust which is committed to reducing reoffending and protecting the public. In 2013 we received Investors in People Gold Award, are the only Trust in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index and won three Butler Trust Awards.

@WYorksProbation

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10th April 2014


HRH Visit. Lisa Tedstill "She was very respectful about the work of probation" Full coverage of visit here http://t.co/kCAuE4Fqpz

WYorksProbation
10th April 2014


HRH Visit. Liz Mills " It was lovely to meet HRH, she really understands probation & understands the importance of engaging with offenders"

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10th April 2014


HRH Visit. Matt Ashworth "I work for a great organisation. It’s great to have our work recognised. HRH shows genuine interest and insight."

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10th April 2014


Leeds CP working a new partnership with canal connections. Offenders helping to restore our waterways heritage http://t.co/R3yv4D0IWM

WYorksProbation
9th April 2014


HRH Princess Anne visited yesterday. "Four Butler Trust awards and two commendations is a great strike rate". More coverage tomorrow!

WYorksProbation
8th April 2014


Here's Mark Siddall, Liz Mills & Janet Carter (HMCTS) for Post Sentence Assessment. (4/4) http://t.co/hHg12S3jHe

WYorksProbation
8th April 2014


Here’s Matt Ashworth - awarded for his work on the Leeds Burglary Project. (3/4) http://t.co/YwAIB4XCeB

WYorksProbation
8th April 2014


Here’s Melva Burton & Lisa Tedstill picking up their award for Circles of Support and Accountability. (2/4) http://t.co/gOvBpXlgrk

WYorksProbation
8th April 2014


On the 20th March our winners attended Buckingham Palace to receive their Butler Trust Awards. Pics to follow! (1/4) http://t.co/tipdVSV3tF

WYorksProbation
8th April 2014


HRH The Princess Royal is visiting @WYProbation HQ today to congratulate our Butler Trust Award winners. http://t.co/WmYxW9PJN1 #probation

WYorksProbation
4th April 2014


Really pleased our Certa inspection went well today. Told we are delivering good quality assurance and learning. They were impressed.

WYorksProbation
4th April 2014


Leeds police district awards #familiesfirst team win teamwork award #probation #jcp #children's services, police. http://t.co/GyQH4l9LE1

WYorksProbation
3rd April 2014


At leeds district awards with #familiesfirst team receiving award for team work, #probation #police #jcp #children's services.

WYorksProbation
2nd April 2014


Great day taking first step for RJ Hub Bradford. Over 100 RJ experts and senior managers sharing practice and mapping gaps @WestYorksOPCC

WYorksProbation
28th March 2014


RT @GeeseTheatre: Great three days training 48 motivated probation groupwork staff @WYorksProbation, developing creative ways of engaging w…

WYorksProbation
26th March 2014


Working in partnership in Calderdale http://t.co/WP3NYEjmnn

WYorksProbation
21st March 2014


Calderdale Probation at this innovative event - gearing up for changes which include greater offender involvement. http://t.co/V0oZCj4qiX

WYorksProbation
20th March 2014


Hello to our fantastic staff who are collecting their Butler Trust Awards today at Buckingham Palace. #probation

WYorksProbation
19th March 2014


Steve Hemingway Project Manager at ABLE working together with Wakefield & Leeds CP - Rehabilitation through Learning http://t.co/371vyp0UoN

WYorksProbation
14th March 2014


Fantastic to hear of the brilliant work of dedicated teams and officers of @WestYorksPolice at the police awards #policeawards

All in a Day's Work

Kate Brooksbank

Restorative Justice Facilitator

Kate is one of only a few specialists in Restorative Justice in Bradford and she really enjoys her work bringing victims together with offenders to benefit both.

Restorative Justice (RJ) gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to questions and to possibly receive an apology. Its gives offenders the chance to understand the full affect of what they have done and to do something to repair the harm. Restorative Justice holds offenders to account for what they have done, personally and directly, and helps victims to get on with their lives.

Kate’s days usually includes a combination of:

  • Working with probation colleagues to identify offenders who might benefit from the RJ process.
  • Assessing the suitability of the offender to take part in the process, as well as undertaking a thorough risk assessment. This usually happens before sentencing so that RJ can be included as a proposal in the Pre Sentence Report compiled by probation staff with recommendations for the Judge or Magistrates. It can also be completed as part of an Offender’s Supervision Plan objectives.
  • Re-assessing the offender’s suitability after sentencing when their approach and attitude may have changed
  • Working closely with the specialist police officer to get in contact with and visit the victim(s) to talk through the offence and the RJ process and see if they would want to take part
  • If they agree, working with the victim to determine how they would like the RJ process to work: a face-to-face meeting with the offender, indirect mediation or a letter of apology
  • Facilitating contact between offender and victim as above
  • If the victim is not wanting to get involved in any RJ process, Kate will undertake work with the offender by running a mock conference where the offender represents both themself and the victim, swapping seats when they swap roles. This is an innovative way for offenders to consider how the victim of their offence might feel. It is only used when a victim does not want any contact with the offender.
  • Working with victim and offender on an outcome agreement – what the victim wants to see the offender do to repair the harm they have caused
  • Working with the offender to ensure that they fulfil their outcome agreement and letting the victim know what the offender has done

RJ is now open for any Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order in Bradford.

Responses from offenders and victims are incredibly positive. Victims get to see the offender as a person and not a ‘devil’ or ‘monster’. From the conferences that have been held, most victims want the offender to stop offending and ensure no-one else has to go through what they have experienced. Most offenders going through the process find facing a victim far more difficult than going to court.

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Kate Brooksbank
Probation Officer - Bradford