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Russell Webster
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Attended University of East Anglia
Lives in Hornchurch, Essex
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Getting the Transforming Rehabilitation payment by results contracts right will be tricky...
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Transforming Rehabilitation will benefit short term prisoners, but what about those serving long sentences? Charlie Weinberg of Safe Ground gives her views on probation changes
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The Stevens Report recommends a register of chartered police officers
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You've seen the global police Tweetahtons #poltwt, here's an account of a #probation  one:
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Justice Select Committee identify the main risks of the transition to new probation system
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Who is on the House of Commons Justice Select Committee and what have they got to say about Transforming Rehabilitation?
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Vicky Pryce dispels myths about women's prisons
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Researcher, evaluator, consultant, writer, trainer in drugs, alcohol & crime. Blogger. Expert in: payment by results, strategic use of social media.
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Evaluations, Needs Assessments, Service Review and Planning, Commissioning best practice, Strategic use of Social Media, Payment by Results, Digital Engagement. Team building.
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  • Drugs, Crime & Digital Innovation
    Researcher, evaluator, writer, trainer in drugs, alcohol & crime. Blogger. Expert in: payment by results, strategic use of social media., 1996 - present
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Hornchurch, Essex
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Pittsburgh, Pa - Coventry - Cambridge, UK - Norwich
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Russell is an independent consultant specialising in substance misuse and crime with a particular interest in payment by results and social media.
Introduction
Born and bred in Coventry and with a degree in modern languages at Cambridge University behind him, Russell spent ten years working in the social care field.

He qualified as a probation officer in the UK and worked with offenders in North and East London. He also worked for a range of voluntary sector organisations with homeless people, ex-offenders and young people at risk in both this country and the USA.

Russell developed his consultancy skills through work with two national voluntary organisations,Drugscope and the DIVERT Trust.

Since 1996 Russell has worked full time as an independent consultant specialising in the fields of substance misuse and crime.

He is the author or co-author of over thirty national publications on issues relating to drugs, alcohol and offending. He is also a Health Education Authority certified trainer.

As an independent consultant and trainer, Russell seeks to keep at the forefront of policy and practice development while maintaining hands-on experience of work with the local voluntary sector. He balances a portfolio which includes international research studies, national policy advice and needs assessment and evaluation work with community organisations. Russell continues to specialise in multi-agency partnership work and has recently developed expertise in both payment by results and digital engagement.
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Five children, two grand children. Coventry City supported. Lapsed tenor sax man.
Education
  • University of East Anglia
    Social Work, 1985 - 1987
    CQSW + MA in Social Work
  • St John's College, Cambridge
    French & Italian, 1980 - 1983
  • King Henry VIII School, Coventry
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Justice Data Lab gets up to date but not up to speed | Russell Webster
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Justice Data Lab gets up to date but not up to speed. Will the inclusion of more recent reoffending data make the JDL more useful?

Can we afford the police service we need? | Russell Webster
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Can we afford the police service we need? We need a system that cuts waste, not jobs, but bureaucracy threatens from all sides.

What’s in the new probation contracts? | Russell Webster
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What’s in the new probation contracts? How the Transforming Rehabilitation payment mechanism will work.

The State of the Drug Treatment Sector | Russell Webster
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The State of the Drug Treatment Sector. Multiple changes in drug & alcohol treatment have left a mixed picture...

Justice Committee on creating a probation market | Russell Webster
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Justice Committee on creating a probation market. Questions about whether the competition process is right and whether enough good quality p

Latest proven re-offending rates January 2014 | Russell Webster
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Latest proven re-offending rates January 2014. Probation trusts continue to reduce reoffending.

12 things TOM2 taught me about TR | Russell Webster
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12 things TOM2 taught me about TR. Emphasis on Restorative Justice in new probation operating model.

Do we need a national police service? | Russell Webster
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Do we need a national police service? Stevens Report says 43 police forces is too many but what is the right structure for the future of pol

Who is bidding for your probation area? | Russell Webster
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Who is bidding for your probation area? Only 3 organisations competing for London and Wales.

Justice Committee on payment by results | Russell Webster
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Justice Committee on payment by results. MoJ under pressure to get Transforming Rehabilitation payment mechanism right.

A celebration of Probation Achievement | Russell Webster
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A celebration of Probation Achievement. Probation Chiefs mark 100+ years of public probation

How many people will be in prison in 2019? | Russell Webster
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How many people will be in prison in 2019? How will probation changes impact on prison numbers?

Justice Committee on TR Transition | Russell Webster
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Justice Committee on TR Transition. Identifies main risk areas of the move to the new probation system.

Raising police standards and tackling misconduct | Russell Webster
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Raising police standards and tackling misconduct. Stevens Report recommends creating a new single body to inspect forces and investigate ser

The future of probation is unclear and uncertain | Russell Webster
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The future of probation is unclear and uncertain. Charlie Weinberg of Safe Ground explores the impact of TR on long-term prisoners

The Justice Committee questions the rationale for TR | Russell Webster
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The Justice Committee questions the rationale for TR. Concludes that changes are radical and controversial and lack a current evidence base.

Vicky Pryce’s cost benefit analysis of women’s imprisonment | Russell We...
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Vicky Pryce's cost benefit analysis of women's imprisonment. Women's imprisonment is expensive and ineffective.

Building a police profession | Russell Webster
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Building a police profession. The Stevens Report recommends a new register of "chartered police officers"

Transforming Rehabilitation could be a dream – or nightmare | Russell We...
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Transforming Rehabilitation could be a dream - or nightmare. Frank Curran of RedQuadrant on opportunities and risks of probation changes.

10 things I learnt from reading Prisonomics | Russell Webster
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10 things I learnt from reading Prisonomics. Vicky Pryce's illuminating first hand experience of women's prisons.