Insights Seetec Justice probation staff receive prestigious Butler Trust awards
07 January 2021

Seetec Justice probation staff receive prestigious Butler Trust awards

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Two employee-owners from Seetec Justice are among a select group of people in the criminal justice system who have received a national award for their work reforming offenders.

They both received a Butler Trust certificate for their dedication and professionalism in the probation service as part of the charity’s annual recognition scheme. Named after former Home Secretary Richard Austen Butler, the announcement of the awards is one of the highlights of the prison and probation industry calendar.

346 nominations were submitted nationally and only 50 received a certificate, two of which were awarded to Seetec Justice practitioners.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company’s (KSS CRC) Deputy Chief Officer Carl Hall from the Guildford Office and former Redhill Probation Officer Richard Hall who is now based in Brighton,  both received a Butler Trust certificate of recognition for their outstanding work.

Carl was recognised for his work to develop a programme to help convicted stalkers. The programme, called the Compulsive and Obsessive Behaviour Intervention, rehabilitates convicted stalkers using methods approved by the British Psychological Society for tackling obsessive and compulsive behaviour. The ten-session course enables probation officers with specialist training to work closely with convicted stalkers to understand behavioural triggers that heighten their risk of offending and then work with them to put techniques in place that aim to break particular patterns of criminal activity.. 

Carl Hall said: “I am honoured to be recognised by the Butler Trust. The more that can be done to treat an individual’s obsessional behaviour, and help them to build positive, healthy and respectful relationships, the higher the chance an offender will break away from their criminal past. This intervention work can save lives in the long-run by stopping stalking escalating or happening again.”

Richard received his certificate for a commitment to improving lives, reforming offenders, and sharing his five years’ experience and best practice with colleagues. He worked tirelessly to get to know the people he supervised, by using creative ways to engage with offenders who are reluctant to actively participate. Richard’s former team received an exceptional rating as an outcome of their local quality inspection. 

Richard Hall said: “I know there are lots of deserving probation officers working tirelessly all over the country to reform people on probation, so it is a privilege to receive this award. It has been a pleasure to work and support probation colleagues, many of whom have influenced the way I work.”

Seetec is committed to putting offenders at the heart of their own rehabilitation journey, combining skills training, employability services and practitioner expertise, all of which aims to move individuals into a crime-free life. Seetec supervises and supports around 19,100 offenders categorised as low- and medium-risk in the South of England. In Wales, Seetec delivers programmes that help people to turn away from crime, including community payback.

Suki Binning, the Executive Director of Seetec Justice and the Community Rehabilitation Companies that sit within the business, said: “I am delighted that the Butler Trust has recognised the outstanding contribution of two members of our probation team this year. As an employee-owned justice provider, our frontline probation teams have an improved stake in the business and use their experience to shape decisions.

“These Butler Trust awards help to focus attention on the hard work of our professionals who deliver locally driven interventions that provide insights into the reasons why some offenders become trapped in the criminal justice system. We are using the insights gathered from our interventions to build a stronger evidence base that will help inform future efforts to reduce reoffending.”

Since 2014, KSS CRC employees have won ten accolades from the Butler Trust, including awards, certificates and commendations.

Simon Shepherd, Director of Butler Trust said: “We receive around 350 nominations each year, from prisons, probation services and youth justice settings across the UK. While we can’t give awards to everyone, Butler Trust Certificates are given to those nominations which make it through to the final stages of our rigorous judging process, conducted by an independent panel of sector experts. As such, they mark a significant achievement, of which both the recipients and their colleagues can be justly proud.”