Sep 222011

Intro This post is adapted slightly from a presentation I made at a job interview recently.  The interview was successful, and I start the job in a fortnight or so.  The job is with a network of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations who work with offenders in the criminal justice system (CJS), and Payment by Results (PbR) will affect their work.  I’ll learn more about it, and post more content, as time goes on.  But I thought this would be a good chance to outline how I see PbR, and the challenges and opportunities that it poses.  As I learn more about it, and about how the VCS reacts Read full post >>

May 192011

I’m not going to use my blog too much to publicise my professional work, but this is something I’ve been working on for much of the last seven months, and I’m kinda proud of it. Yes, the report I’ve been writing is finished, and you can download a copy here if you’re interested. Definitely TLTR, mind you – so I don’t know why I’m asking – but at least you can get an idea of what a professional Quaker gets up to….

Mar 312011

Here you can find a version of my article reporting on the Quakers in Criminal Justice conference, and commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s recent very promising moves to think more sensibly about sentencing. The consultation has now closed but if you are in the UK, please do consider writing to your MP and saying that you support the approach it is taking, because the proposals will eventually come to Parliament, where they will face a mauling from the right wings of the Labour and Conservative parties. The measures proposed in the Green Paper have enormous potential both to reduce reoffending rates, reduce the cost and size of the prison Read full post >>

Mar 162011

I’m not sure why I’ve been away for so long.  I’d say I haven’t had time, but you can always make time for things when you’re motivated, so let’s just say I haven’t had the motivation to blog for a while.  Things have certainly been busy, especially at the weekends; since the start of February every weekend has been taken up: I’ve had the family visiting and went to an excellent gig with my sister, two weekend conferences in the UK, and friends visiting Brussels for the last two weekends.  Things have felt as if they are starting to settle in with work, as well; the report I’ve been writing Read full post >>

Jan 092011

Not for the first time, it has been quite a while since I wrote a proper post.  Time has been passing, and I’ve been busy.  I spent Christmas home with the folks at their new house in Herefordshire, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and trying not to freeze solid in the Arctic weather conditions.  The house is lovely – a barn conversion with a big living room, large fireplace, Aga – all the trappings, in other words. I can’t wait to see it in the summer when the white of the landscape turns to green and the flowers are out. Then it was back to London, and flatsitting at my Read full post >>