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  • When you decide to work via an agency for public bodies, you need to be aware that the are a couple of differences on how you get paid. If you become a Backstop Agency Worker, we offer individual guidance, but this might serve as a first overview.   Umbrella Company   An umbrella company is an option for freelance contractors who are looking for a hassle free payroll product which allows them to s...

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  • This is a re-blog from 12/07/2014   Reading Hadley Freemans’s recent articles on the World cup  just accentuated to me how much I prefer  reading female journalists over most male equivalents. For me this is at its  most stark when I look at my twitter feed and read its contents. I like reading  Kevin Maguire et al , however the tone even if I agree with the politics tends to be a bit boysie and c...

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  • There has been a lot written particularly in the blogosphere such as Probation Matters about why TR is wrong from a moral perspective – a point of view which I entirely agree with. What about TR from a business /money making perspective? This blog will look at some of the issues from this perspective.   Is there money to be made? The fact that some well established business are bidding for contrac...

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Where are the CRCs?

  • This is a re-post from June 2014     I attended two Probation focussed conferences at the end of last week. The first was looking at gathering data from small organisation – predominantly – that  work with offenders in the criminal justice (CJ) system. From this data, with the usual caveats, will come statistics about what is promising approaches to work with people in the CJ system. An insightful...

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  • During my career in recrutiment I have come across a lot of CVs, as you can imagine! Some were good, some were... well, let´s not talk about negative examples. Today, I would like to share some tips with you, to let you know what I (and of course those hiring managers I use to work with) find a good and successfull CV!   1. Keep it to the point Usually a CV should be no more than two pages – and t...

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Murder most appalling

  • Reading Gary Younge's latest article  on knife crime, I was struck by my experience of knife crime. I spend nearly a month at the Old Bailey as a youth justice officer tracking a case where a 15 year old had stabbed another outside a school near the end of term. I was the social worker for the child who was convicted of murder. To say the experience was life changing would be a fair summary of tha...

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  • The short sightedness and plain idiocy that emerges when the higher echelons of management in Local Authorities attempt to cut costs really seem to know no bounds. Take the issue of hot-desking for example. This issue came up in an Article published by The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/apr/29/hotdesking-increases-social-worker-burnout-risk?CMP=share_btn_tw where Prof...

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  • As a recruitment agency, we obviously want our candidates to succeed in interviews and to secure the job. A vital part of our daily work is to get feedback from interviewers and pass it on to our candidates. We thought that some of this feedback might actually be worth sharing, as a sort of preparation for your next interview.   1. Too fluffy answers, not on point.   Most of our locums are very ex...

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  • You can find a lot of tips and tricks about how to write the most successful CV online, and most of it has already been said. In this post, we want to shed some light on the CV profile (some might call it the CV summary) and how to write it interesting and sensible.   First of all, you should try to put yourself in the position of the hiring manager. What are they looking for? What is part of the ...

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  • In this continuing blog post, Backstop’s Managing Director, Dr Andrew Thorne, answers questions about his career in social work, how he got started, and advice he can give to others who are starting out in a career in the youth justice field.   Here he gives an insight into the difference between working as a social worker and starting his own criminal justice recruitment company.   You can find p...

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  • In today’s blog post, Backstop’s Managing Director, Dr Andrew Thorne, answers questions about his career in social work, how he got started, and advice he can give to others who are starting out in a career in the youth justice field.    In part one Andrew will tell us more about how he became a social worker and what he would advise to people who are interested in working in the field!   What dre...

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  • Employment rights are designed to ensure that all workers are treated equally, fairly and lawfully. It is important to be aware of your basic employment rights so that if something should go wrong at work, you know whether you are legally entitled to have the matter resolved. Statutory protection for employees Prior to the 1st October 2010, various types of discrimination were dealt with by severa...

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  • What would you think keeps our candidates the happiest? Good service, quick response rate, friendly consultants... Yes, all of the named are important, but the most important probably is: prompt and hassle free payment!   We often receive feedback stating that our candidates are especially happy about our payroll team who work hard for accurate payment in time. Our deadline for any timesheet is Mo...

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  • For many of our practitioners, it is very important to be in constant employment (although some might take a break in between placements to have a little holiday!). And also new candidates who register with Backstop would like to have a placement rather sooner than later. To achieve this, our recruitment consultants work hard and keep an eye open for suitable placements.   However, an important tr...

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  • Command and Control Entwined with the Taylorist approach is another form of production management, Command and Control, an approach which derived originally from military thinking and State-run economies (i.e. Soviet Union), and was adapted to the American business literature the 1950s. Under this model production targets are set at the top of the command chain and then passed down through layers ...

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  • An analysis of the theoretical underpinnings of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda     There have been many objections to TR from a practice perspective such as the putative judicial review by NAPO, and much discussion about how it is impacting on the Probation Service. Rather than re-treading that existing discussion, this article will examine the theoretical premises of TR from the pers...

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  • In part 1 of this analysis we looked at how management targets had minimised the importance of the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and service user in favour of easily measured outcomes that could be highly deleterious to professional practice (Munro 2011). In this blog the we will briefly look at a few of the academic perspective from the discipline of social work which back up the ...

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  • Alison has been working with Backstop since 2011 and has over fifteen years experience in recruiting within the public sector. During this time Alison has developed a keen appreciation of the most important aspects of client service ‘it’s all about understanding exactly the skill set they are looking for, and what are the key aspects – three handpicked on-target candidates makes far more sense tha...

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  • As part of our commitment to working closely with our locums we conduct an annual locum survey. In this blog we will focus on one aspect of that survey, why they want to work via an agency rather then going perm. Our locums chose temp working over permanent positions and their reasons are quite intriguing.   The most obvious point in working via an agency is rates of pay. Agency locums earn more t...

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  • Whither the therapeutic relationship?   To recap in brief, the managerialist agenda focussed around setting targets, measuring performance against targets, along with removing theoretical models not aligned with managerialism from practice. The impetus for this agenda came from a Tory Government trying to instil business values onto recalcitrant and inefficient public sector workers - their though...

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Murder most appalling

  • Reading Gary Younge's latest article  on knife crime, I was struck by my experience of knife crime. I spend nearly a month at the Old Bailey as a youth justice officer tracking a case where a 15 year old had stabbed another outside a school near the end of term. I was the social worker for the child who was convicted of murder. To say the experience was life changing would be a fair summary of tha...

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