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.... In that case, the judge agreed that a criminal conviction for the company could disbar it from securing contracts - particularly in the US - which in turn could threaten the jobs of thousands of UK workers. A DPA also avoids lengthy and costly trials and puts the offending company on probation to ensure full co-operation in the future. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 06:35:26 AM
.... In that case, the judge agreed that a criminal conviction for the company could disbar it from securing contracts - particularly in the US - which in turn could threaten the jobs of thousands of UK workers. A DPA also avoids lengthy and costly trials and puts the offending company on probation to ensure full co-operation in the future. ...
Ivy restaurant spin-off accused of hogging service charge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 03:08:46 PM
.... Both are controlled by the former BHS shareholder Richard Caring. Staff on probation and some runners, who shuttle food and dishes between the kitchen and dining areas, receive only 80p per hour on top of the minimum wage or no commission at all, according to staff. ...
ZTE fined $1.1bn for flouting US sanctions against Iran image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:17:10 PM
.... . As part of the deal, it must submit to a three-year period of probation, during which time it will be independently monitored to ensure it remains compliant. ...
‘A change of jobs is not only desirable but possible’ – our work expert responds image
....• If he has traditional social work skills, he can engage in self-assessment and recognise the need to tackle things. There is a range of jobs in the voluntary and charitable sectors, as well as the state agencies – para social services in prisons, probation and hospitals. ...
Prison entrepreneurship: 'Giving a little bit of belief goes a long way' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 07:30:24 AM
.... For Flanders, this sparked a business idea – a prison cell exercise manual. After asking his family to do some background research and check there was nothing similar available (he didn’t have internet access inside) he spent the 15 months until his probation sketching diagrams of workouts and writing exercise instructions. ...
Six Volkswagen executives charged with fraud over emissions cheating image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 09:42:57 PM
....5bn in a civil settlement, Lynch announced. Volkswagen will also spend three years on probation and an independent monitor will be sent in to “oversee its ethics and compliance program”. ...
VW pleads guilty to emissions cheating image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 07:14:26 PM
....The Department of Justice said VW had a long-running scheme to sell about 590,000 diesel vehicles in the US fitted with a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests. VW will be on probation for three years and be overseen by an independent monitor during that period. ...
Planning to ditch the job and go it alone in 2017? Here's what you should consider image
....But it would be a mistake to assume that moving to a new job as an employee will always be more secure than going it alone. Many employers require staff to pass a probationary period during which notice on either side could be just one week. ...
Gender pay gap checker reveals the good, the bad and the scandalous image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 01:26:23 PM
. If you are a female traffic warden or probation officer read on for good news. ...
Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:29:02 PM
.... Earlier this year, the GMB raised concerns about the levels of surveillance on the site and questioned whether so-called “flex” contracts were causing workers to be underpaid. Asos responded to the union’s claims, which it described as misleading, in October when it said it was “committed to migrating towards the living wage as determined by the Living Wage Foundation within 18 months” and that it was “reducing the probation period to three months from six, effective immediately”. ...
Common job interview questions – and how to answer them image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 07:00:13 AM
.... weeks in the role I could see they were struggling with some aspects of the role, and people were noticing that their performance was not consistent, which impacted on the team’s work. They were still on probation, and I was tasked with deciding whether to extend their probation. ...
My daughter's job at the probation service has become unbearable image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 06:00:28 AM
.... Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?. My daughter works for the probation service. ...

Zambians vote in tight presidential poll amid fears of violence 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:35:17 PM
....Mr Lungu has shrugged off responsibility for the downfall, and promised new power plants and diversification of the economy into agriculture. "I have been on probation for one year, six months and I think I have done very well. ...

Judge to be investigated after complaints made over her use of c-word in court exchange with racist thug
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....". He could benefit from working with probation, he added. ...

Swearing judge launches four-letter response after being abused by racist defendant in court
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....". He could benefit from working with probation, he added. ...
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Convicted rapist killed his parents after being released on bail for knife offence
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....An inquest into the deaths at the Royal Courts of Justice heard Amrani should have been recalled for 28 days following his arrest. But officers didn't inform the Met's Jigsaw team, which deals with registered sex offenders, or his probation team before Sergeant Sandy Gordon decided to bail him for a week. ...
Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job - Shelter image
....Single mother-of-two Karen Lucas was made redundant from her job as a financial analyst and was out of work for almost two months. Karen, from Basingstoke, said: "I lost my job in May, having been headhunted into the role and then told I wasn't needed after three months' probation. ...

Rikki Neave murder suspect arrested in Portugal after taking pictures of himself 'living it up' on beach while on police bail
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.... I always intended to come back for bail. "The police, probation and MAPPA (Multi-agency public protection arrangements) know this. ...

Korean tourist fined £33,000 for mid-air rampage when cabin crew asked him to stop doing yoga
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....Mr Pae tried to bite and head-butt the two marines, prosecutors said. Judge Gillmor said Mr Pae may return to home to Korea, but before he leaves must meet with a probation officer to work out restitution payments. ...

President Hollande is on his way out. His failure to stop Jacques Hamel's murder should be the last straw
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....30am and 12. 30am – the four hours a day when Kermiche was officially allowed out of his family home as part of his probation conditions – that he wandered over to his local Catholic church and ended Father Jacques’ distinguished life in the most horrific manner possible, while also maiming a parishioner. ...

Lie detector tests for sex offenders: Police catch criminal reoffending after using polygraph machine
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....He consented to the test and, when questioned about his results, admitted reoffending.  The man in question was not on probation, Essex Police confirmed. ...

US election: Ex-offenders denied vote by Virginia Supreme Court
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of July 2016 03:33:55 AM
....The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, court documents show. The court in a 4-3 ruling said McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers under the state constitution by issuing a sweeping order in April restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole. ...

Shoplifter donned fur coat to blend in and steal jewellery worth thousands from Harvey Nichols and Liberty 
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....Magistrate Attul Patel told Curatolo: "We've decided to give you a chance to complete your privately-funded programme. "This is so we can review your conduct and there will be a new probation report based on what you have accomplished between now and then. ...
Scandal of G4S-run Medway youth jail deepens as five more arrested image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of June 2016 11:30:34 PM
....The Guardian has also revealed that serious allegations of abuse and bullying at the youth prison were made more than a decade before the current controversy. The STC, operated by G4S since it opened in 1998, is to be taken over by the National Offender Management Service, which runs public sector prisons and probation services. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of May 2016 05:59:26 AM
....I have to work with a colleague who – not to put too fine a point on it – is fundamentally incompetent at his job. He occupies a mid-senior role and I’m at a loss as to why he was hired in the first place or how he passed his probation. ...
A colleague I work closely with is incompetent – what can I do? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of May 2016 06:00:33 AM
....I have to work with a colleague who – not to put too fine a point on it – is fundamentally incompetent at his job. He occupies a mid-senior role and I’m at a loss as to why he was hired in the first place or how he passed his probation. ...
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Paws for thought: why allowing dogs in the office is a good idea image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 09:43:14 AM
.... The worst thing anyone could think of about the policy was that one of the company-issued toys had an annoying squeak. This may be because of the precautions the company has taken to safeguard against dog-related complaints: there are meeting rooms and lifts where dogs are not allowed to accommodate visitors who don’t like dogs, and each dog has a three-month probationary period in the office before it is permanently allowed into the building. ...
Justice ministry to take over Medway child jail from G4S image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 10:45:32 AM
....The Ministry of Justice is to take over the management of a G4S-run child jail in Kent that has been at the centre of allegations of abuse and use of excessive force by staff, the Guardian has learned. The Medway secure training centre, which has been run by G4S since it opened in 1998, is to be taken over by the National Offender Management Service, which runs public sector prisons and probation services. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of April 2016 05:59:29 AM
.... Rather than replace the departed manager, your employer is proposing a slightly makeshift arrangement in the hope that, over the course of a few months, you’ll be able to learn enough on the job, and from working with an agency, to fill the role yourself. In effect, you’ve been put on probation with the odds very slightly stacked against you. ...
The detective inspector leading the charge against cybercrime image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of March 2016 09:07:06 AM
.... Her sole ambition was to be a West Yorkshire police officer. In 1994 she landed the job and was still a probationer when she started winning bravery awards. ...
Fired employee says Volkswagen deleted documents about emissions tests image
.... In 2002, accounting firm Arthur Andersen was found guilty of shredding documents involving its auditing of defunct energy firm Enron Corp in order to thwart a federal accounting probe. The firm, which withered after the Enron case, was placed on five years of probation and fined $500,000. ...
Management company puts the kibosh on me finally becoming a first-time buyer image
....Surprisingly, I can actually borrow this new amount now. I thought I would have to pass any probation period at work first, what with the supposed tighter borrowing regulations. ...
Spending review: Osborne must ditch targets to balance books, warns report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of November 2015 10:10:30 AM
.... “It needs to cancel projects rather than kicking them into the long grass,” he added. The IFG also flags up worries about outsourcing some services given previous failures, such as allegations that security companies had been overcharging for their services in tagging prisoners on probation and the shortcomings of security during the London Olympics which meant the British army was called in to plug the gap. ...
BP engineer pleads guilty in Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 6th of November 2015 04:53:05 PM
.... He pleaded guilty to intentionally causing damage without authorisation to a protected computer. Prosecutors are recommending probation. ...
The hidden cost of the boomerang kids, back at home with mum and dad image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of November 2015 07:01:14 AM
.... I’ve suggested she stays for another year, until she can get a mortgage,” he says. “By the time she has completed her two years training and probation, I’m hoping she should have sufficient money for a deposit. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of October 2015 05:59:12 AM
.... Nine people had left (or started and left) during the past year and three of the remaining staff had been reduced to tears. We all start on a six-month probation period, during which we can be let go with one week’s notice, and there is no pension or sick pay. ...
Giggs and Neville are heroes of housing. Now we should step up too | George Monbiot image
. When you lend rooms to the homeless, expect cheers of approbation; when you explain why they are homeless, expect howls of execration. ...
I want to leave my job after a month due to my bullying boss – but worry how it would look image
.... Nine people had left (or started and left) during the past year, and three of the remaining staff had been reduced to tears. We all start on a six-month probation period, during which we can be let go on one week’s notice, there is no pension and no sick pay. ...
Exclude criminal records from job applications, companies urged image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 08:52:46 AM
.... The organisation simply wants everyone to be fairly considered, based on merit, before all checks and risk assessments are made. Related: The probation trust that's now employing ex-offenders as mentors. ...
ScotRail to hire 100 new train drivers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 10:32:43 AM
.... . This will gradually increase to £43,212, following a probationary period. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of September 2015 12:02:39 AM
.... Defence Equipment & Support, which buys the military’s kit, will in effect be run by Bechtel and CH2M Hill, the huge US engineers, under what are known as “managed service provider” contracts. Meanwhile, the likes of the French caterer Sodexo and FTSE 250 construction group Interserve are among the companies that now run around 70 per cent of the probation service. ...
AEP: China's market Leninism turns dangerous for the world image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 24th of August 2015 08:19:10 PM
.... Global markets have swung almost overnight from a mystical faith in the competence of the Communist Party to near revulsion, doubting everything until proven. From now on, Beijing is on probation. ...
Brutish, nasty – and not even short: the ominous future of the eurozone | Wolfgang Streeck image
.... Moreover, after Schäuble had in earlier rounds talked the other EMU countries into sharing the Greek public debt, Merkel could count on their support for her refusal to consider debt restructuring. Most importantly, with Greece staying in common currency, she can now reassure her core constituency, the German export industry, that none of the captive members of eurozone will ever be released, not even on probation – something much appreciated also by the German trade unions, the Social Democrats, and her geostrategically-minded American friends. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 6th of August 2015 01:13:09 AM
.... Unusually, the prosecution agreed to allow Lipkin to keep one of two valuable paintings by cult artist Red Skelton. Irwin had written to prosecutors asking for a probation sentence due to his ill-health and alleged lack of knowledge about Madoff’s scheme. ...
Can Winston Churchill’s grandson save Serco? And is it worth saving? | Sam Knight image
....) More broadly, however, the company had not negotiated the economic crisis anywhere like as well as it had claimed. The arrival of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition unleashed Britain’s third great wave of outsourcing since the 1980s – between 2010 and 2015, the industry doubled in size from £64bn a year to £120bn as new health, probation and benefit services hit the market – but many of Serco’s new contracts were hastily designed and bid for, and barely breaking even. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work issues solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of June 2015 05:59:07 AM
. I am on a probationary period at a small law firm, with a view to getting a training contract if I am kept on. ...
Monday Interview: Adrian Ringrose, chief executive of Interserve image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 21st of June 2015 08:07:49 PM
.... . This means that Interserve’s people are changing lightbulbs in Ministry of Defence buildings, nursing patients in their own homes, cleaning classrooms and, more recently, keeping criminals on the straight and narrow by providing probation services. ...
How Block Workout's Terroll Lewis went from gang member to fitness entrepreneur image
.... Now fully qualified, they’re the club’s main instructors. He’s now got more than 100 members, all paying £10 a month, from barristers to people on probation looking to keep themselves out of trouble. ...
One of my colleagues is very grumpy with me image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of June 2015 06:00:06 AM
.... Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts?. I am on a probationary period at a small law firm, with a view to getting a training contract here if I am kept on. ...
Just who exactly is going to the Bilderberg meeting? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of June 2015 08:54:00 AM
....There's an emphasis on security issues, including chemical weapons, the Middle East, Iran, terrorism, Nato and cybersecurity. David Petraeus, the retired US general and former CIA director who was given two years' probation and fined earlier this year for leaking classified materials to his mistress, will be in Telfs-Buchen. ...
Study loans open doors for adults keen on a return to college image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of June 2015 05:59:09 AM
....Beverley Gray, 37, is studying for a degree in criminology and criminal justice with the University of Essex. She funded the six-year online course, which costs £18,000, with a student loan from Student Finance England, and hopes to get a job as a probation officer upon graduation. ...
UBS pays $545m in forex settlement image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of May 2015 07:25:12 AM
....However, this was revoked by the department. As a result, UBS has agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud, pay the $203m fine and accept a three-year probation period. ...
UBS to pay $545m in fines to settle foreign exchange probe image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of May 2015 06:47:08 AM
.... It’s the first time the Justice Department has revoked a non-prosecution agreement in the banking industry and signals its determination to crack down on repeat offenders. UBS said it will plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and accept a three-year probation in the Libor settlement. ...
UBS facing £350m in fines as banks hit with fresh sanctions for forex rigging image
....But it was punished again for Libor rigging even though its Japanese arm pleaded guilty to one charge of wire fraud with the DoJ as part of its penalty for rigging Libor, for which the Swiss bank was fined £940m in December 2012. It has now plead guilty to one count of wire fraud for Libor and agreed to accept a $203m fine and three-year term of probation. ...
Ten essential people practices for your small business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 8th of May 2015 07:05:49 AM
....Research shows the first 100 days are crucial when deciding if an employee is right for a role – and vice versa. Put a bit of structure around this by clarifying objectives during this time period (or probationary period), have fortnightly check-ins, and confirm employment in writing at the end of 100 days. ...
America's trailer parks: the residents may be poor but the owners are getting rich image
.... “So, I started taking in sex offenders, and I have a very clean property. Sex offenders are watched by the news media, the TV, the sheriff’s department, probation, the department of corrections . ...
Conservatism has gone rogue and lost touch with the rest of us image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of May 2015 11:04:01 PM
.... But one of the least discussed is the impact on the criminal justice system. Legal aid, probation, policing, the prisons, the courts, the Serious Fraud Office and the Crown Prosecution Service are all reeling from cumulative budget cuts averaging roughly 30%. ...
Miliband plans 'to curb rip-off rent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of April 2015 02:56:39 PM
....Mr Miliband said the policies would help the millions of people priced out of the housing market in recent years and trapped in short-term, often insecure rental agreements. His party has already announced plans to extend the typical tenancy agreement from a year or less to three years, following a probationary period of six months. ...
Don't panic over Wall Street's corporate 'earnings recession' hysteria image
.... If you own individual stocks, look to see if any of them have factors that might put them at risk over the longer term, such as exposure to the dollar or to oil prices, and identify any that you might want to buy more of if they suddenly get cheaper in a selloff. And even great earnings reports aren’t guaranteed to win investor approbation. ...
In the cafe where you can pay what you want, what would you choose? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of April 2015 06:01:09 AM
....”. Jim Barton, a youth worker from Bradford, and his pregnant wife, Lisa, who is a probation officer, travelled from their home in Apperley Bridge with their three-year-old daughter, Ida, to support the cafe. ...
John Timpson: Why I'm supporting the charity After Adoption image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 12th of April 2015 04:29:39 PM
.... There are plans to give half-day SafeBase sessions to school staff. SafeBase should also be available to kinship and foster carers, and even magistrates, probation officers, social workers and judges. ...
Probation service faces job cuts under Sodexo image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of March 2015 01:35:47 AM
. Hundreds of probation officers are facing redundancy less than two months after the Ministry of Justice privatised the rehabilitation of low and medium-risk offenders. ...
Eurostar has gone, but what’s left for the UK Government to sell? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of March 2015 12:20:26 PM
BT poised to land bailiff contract to collect billions in unpaid fines image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 16th of February 2015 12:32:29 AM
....An industry source suggested that the contract award might have been delayed as this might be seen as “one privatisation too far” ahead of what is shaping up to be a tight general election. The MoJ recently handed control of about 70 per cent of the probation service to the private sector, which has angered campaigners who believe justice should not be “for sale”. ...
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 13th of February 2015 04:48:00 PM
.... . These roles were followed by probation officers (24pc) and environmental health officers (24pc). ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 19th of December 2014 01:06:15 AM
. Westminster Outlook Interserve’s managing director of justice services, Yvonne Thomas, has tried to ease the concerns of the 2,000 probation personnel being take on by the outsourcing group as part of the Purple Futures partnership. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 13th of November 2014 09:09:50 PM
. The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of wasting more than £15m on consultants advising on the “crackpot privatisation” of the probation service. ...
Investors dump Capita as G4S surges  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of November 2014 11:18:34 AM
....8bn has come out. following our appointment as preferred bidder by Co-op, not securing any [of the £450m of Ministry of Justice probation service] contracts and our decision to withdraw from a central government contract. ...
So who gives us our daily bread? Not British workers, according to a story making the headlines this week image
.... Production-line staff on the factory floor start on the minimum wage of £6. 50 an hour for the first three months, with potential increases after this probation period. ...
I quit! A brief history of the furious resignation... image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Sunday 9th of November 2014 12:00:00 AM
.... Within hours there were two different "Ballad of Steven Slater" protest songs, two Free Steven Slater campaigns, a Facebook fan group and an "I Hate the Motherfucker who Called Steven Slater a Motherfucker" web campaign. Slater was bailed for $2,500 on charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, and eventually sentenced to a year of probation. ...
....Interserve investors should not feel downhearted on missing out. Already this week their company has bagged several duds as part of a consortium that won £600m of work to manage swathes of probation, an essential service that the Government has pig-headedly decided  to run for profit. ...
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Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 30th of October 2014 12:00:00 AM
.... The broker also believes retransmission fees could be introduced over the next couple of years, providing a possible £30million annual boost to profits. Outsourcer Capita topped the blue chip casualty list, down 75p to 1082p, after missing out on privatised criminal probation service contracts in England and Wales. ...
Market report: Capita plunges on contract disappointment image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of October 2014 07:14:28 PM
Probation service sell-off faces legal challenge from unions image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of October 2014 12:22:57 AM
. Government efforts to part-privatise the probation service may end up in the courts, unless the Ministry of Justice reveals a raft of confidential information, including the results of safety tests into the new structure. ...
Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of October 2014 07:13:16 PM
.... Why? Because El Salvador refused permission for a gold mine that would poison people’s drinking water. Last month the Commons public accounts committee found that the British government has inserted a remarkable clause into contracts with the companies to whom it is handing the probation service (one of the maddest privatisations of all). ...
A few fun ideas can transform an office’s atmosphere image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 28th of September 2014 07:05:42 PM
.... Everyone needs a man like Dennis Phillips, from our People Support team, who took on the challenge and taught us the importance of solving the problems our ex-offenders face outside work. Now helped by Darren (an ex-offender himself), Dennis deals with issues such as relationship breakdown, contact with children, housing, probation, mental health and financial problems. ...

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