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Russell Webster
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There are many different reasons for commissioning via PbR
The rationale for PbRThis is the second post in a blog series looking at the lessons I've learned from a recent review of the payment by results literature and it focuses on understanding the diffe
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Some of the top names in UK substance misuse set out to define recovery
New research seeks to establish a basket of indicators to define recovery, but can we use them to measure service delivery?
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How do heroin droughts affect treatment seeking behaviour?
New Home Office report explores the impact of a heroin shortage on drug markets and the drug use and treatment seeking behaviours of drug users.
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Sombre examination of prison suicides reveals key areas for improvement
Prisons & Probation Ombudsman finds examples of excellent practice but also many areas for improvement in the care of prisoners with mental health problems.
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How many prisoners were released by mistake last year?
New Freedom of Information request shows that 48 prisoners were accidentally released in 2014/15 - including one murderer and 5 prisoners from HMP Bullingdon.
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Another critical probation inspectors report - transitions from youth to adult justice remain poor
Probation inspectors find that no progress has been made in last four years and many young offenders are still unprepared for transition to probation.
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Sentencing reform key to prison reform
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Dangerous associations, joint enterprise, gangs and racism draws on a survey of nearly 250 serving prisoners convicted under joint enterprise provisions.
New report from Centre for Crime and Justice Studies highlights inherent racism in Joint Enterprise policing & prosecution practices.
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What do we know about PbR?
First in a new blog series sharing the lessons from a major new review of the payment by results literature.
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Worry new report about extent of domestic violence
New report from Agenda reveals the very wide range of problems faced by the 1.2 million English women who endure extensive violence.
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Everything you need to know about heroin overdose reversal drug naloxone
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More calls for a rehabilitation devolution
New IPPR report advocates devolving responsibility for low level offenders to local authorities and City mayors. But do we need another probation service?
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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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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.
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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
Previously
Pittsburgh, Pa - Coventry - Cambridge, UK - Norwich
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2015 End of Term Criminal Justice Report: Some Signs of Promise but Must...
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Recorded drug offences down 11% | Russell Webster
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Latest ONS bulletin shows drug offences down by 11% but this related chiefly to reduced police activity.

If Jocelyn Hillman were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
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Jocelyn Hillman founder of women offender employment service "Working Chance" is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretar

What do you think of Transforming Rehabilitation? | Russell Webster
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New initiative from Clinks and NCVO to track the voluntary sector's experience of the new probation system, known as Transforming Rehabilita

Langley House Trust’s justice priorities | Russell Webster
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Tracy Wild is the Chief Executive of Langley House Trust, she is the latest contributor to a guest blog series setting out priorities for th

Reducing smoking in prison | Russell Webster
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Public Health England recommends a new strategy for reducing smoking in prison where nicotine consumption is four times the national average

Criminal justice voluntary sector under threat | Russell Webster
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Latest Clinks State of the Sector report finds that the criminal justice voluntary sector is under threat

If Alex Cavendish were Justice Secretary | Russell Webster
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Social anthropologist and former prisoner Alex Cavendish is the latest contributor to the "If I were Justice secretary..." blog series.

Disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison PbR pilots ...
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Latest official MoJ figures reveal disappointing outcomes for Peterborough and Doncaster prison payment by results pilots

The Prisoners’ Education Trust justice priorities | Russell Webster
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The Prisoners' Education Trust is the latest contributor to Russell Webster's "If I were Justice Secretary" series

The Probation Institute’s Justice priorities | Russell Webster
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Sue Hall, Board Member of the Probation Institute, is the latest to contribute to the "If I were Justice Secretary" blog series.

Social media and crime | Russell Webster
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This infographic from Crimewire details the many different ways in which police anc criminals use social media to outwit each other.

What are the priorities for restorative justice? | Russell Webster
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Jon Collins, CEO of the Restorative Justice Council, is the latest contributor to a series about the direction of the criminal justice after

One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence | Russe...
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One in three women in the world have been the victim of violence and half of all women murder victims were killed by their partner or family

The Prison Governors’ Association justice priorities | Russell Webster
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The Prison Governors' Association calls for a reduction in the prison population and a new approach to tackling drug crime.

What’s the future for payment by results? | Russell Webster
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The future of payment by results is uncertain with a seemingly equal number of supporters and detractors. There are rumours of controversial

The world’s first Space Detective Agency | Russell Webster
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New UK firm uses sophisticated satellite imagery to solve crimes across the world.