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Discovering Desistance New book on desistance and probation supervision out
Hi, Oxford Univ Press have just published a book which updates the effects of probation supervision on the lives of the men and women in the Tracking Project. To recap, in the first book (Farrall, 2002), few thought that probation had helped them desist...
24 Jul 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Yammer? Not here you don’t.
…  everybody who wishes to access the internet should be able to and … it is the role of government to ensure that everybody in our society has the opportunity to develop digital skills. A world class Digital Scotland will be … Continue reading...
11 Jul 2014
Social Services Knowledge Scotland Knowledge into Action – two-day masterclass
Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) provides learning and information sources to assist social care workers to use knowledge and evidence in their practice. At NHS Education for Scotland (NES) where the SSKS website has been developed, we are...
03 Jul 2014
Discovering Desistance Working with young adults in supporting processes of desistance
This guest post comes from Pete Judd, Probation Service Officer, for the National Probation Service Court and Offender Management Team, Portsmouth (email: petejudd1979@gmail.com, Twitter: @pete_judd). I have recently completed my work based learning...
02 Jul 2014
Innovate Super curious
A couple of weekends ago, I popped along to TEDx Glasgow. I loved every minute. One of the talks really caught my attention – Will Mitchell’s ‘super curious’. Will is a Design Director of 4C Design Ltd, a graduate from The...
30 Jun 2014
Discovering Desistance Prison-based higher level distance learning and its role in life after prison
Anne Pike of the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University (email: anne.pike@open.ac.uk, Twitter: @annepike2) discusses her PhD findings about higher level distance learning in prison. She reports that such learning gives prisoners a...
17 Jun 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Participation in the workplace: it does work
About 30 people from the public, private and third sectors along with some from academia and NGOs gathered at last week’s Digital Leaders Scotland Salon which looked at how to overcome the barriers to digital participation that face many groups in...
12 Jun 2014
Discovering Desistance Building probation relationships that support change
This guest post comes from Sarah Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (Sarah.lewis@port.ac.uk). It has been consistently recognised within the literature that a ‘positive’ working relationship can be seen as a...
12 Jun 2014
Discovering Desistance Work based on ‘The Road from Crime’ wins ESRC Impact Award
hi, A quick little post, just to say last week Shadd, Fergus and I were at an awards ceremony organised by the ESRC (the funder of the Discovering Desistance project) at which we were named as one of the winners of a prize for impact (that is the...
10 Jun 2014
Innovate Mind Full or Mindful? Making Space for Creativity
Mindfulness is everywhere – in books, magazines, journals and TV programmes as the latest way to combat the inevitable day-to-day stresses that modern life has to offer. Once seen as a ‘New Age Fad’, mindfulness is now used by a range of people...
09 Jun 2014