An education in probation

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Suhail Nawaz and Roxanne Charles from West Yorkshire CRC recently visited Carlton Bolling College, Bradford to share their experiences of working in probation.

Students were given an insight to the work delivered by our team in West Yorkshire and how the CRC works with service users to help them turn their lives around and find a useful place in society and their community.

More than 30 six formers learned about Suhail and Roxanne’s own personal journey into a career in probation. They also discussed the aims and objectives of probation of the CRC; risk management; enforcement; our multi-agency and partnership approach and desistance.

Suhail said: “We promoted our work to students to help them about career choices from doing criminology which is a new syllabus at the college. The assistant head was really impressed with our presentation and approach which involved engaging the students throughout, many of which gave positive feedback about the session.”

Suhail says: “I joined probation to make a difference, to support change and help people become better humans. From a young age, I have always held an interest in criminology and the law which prompted me to undertake a degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Bradford. I have seen first-hand the difficulties faced in my community and I am grateful to be able to help people and reduce crime.”

“To me, probation is not just a retribution for committing an offence it’s an opportunity to move on from that mistake – making amends with family, finding housing or employment”

Roxanne says: “To me, probation is not just a retribution for committing an offence it’s an opportunity to move on from that mistake – making amends with family, finding housing or employment. Also, having someone reliable that you see each week supporting you to move away from an offending lifestyle and what comes with it means a lot to some individuals.”

Ubaid Naseem, assistant head teacher, told Suhail: “Teaching and LearningI would like to thank you and Roxanne for giving up your time to speak about the role of probation within the Criminal Justice System. Not only will this help them with their Criminology course, but a number of them are seriously considering probation as a future career option.

“Information about the role of probation in implementing social control, and your relationship with other government agencies was particularly helpful.”