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Essex Probation produces National Probation Champion for second time

Posted: 17th July 2013 by Essex CRC.
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Two others from Essex are runners up at the same event:

Melanie Bigg of Essex Probation has become the National Probation Champion in the Ministry of Justice’ National Probation Awards, held annually. Minister for Prisons and Probation, Jeremy Wright, presented her with the award at a ceremony to celebrate Probation’s exceptional work across England and Wales.

Finalists from over 120 nominations by Probation Trusts across the country were assessed by a judging panel including the Chief Inspector of Probation, two Probation Chief Executives and the National Director for Probation.

Melanie first won the Management of Offenders category, and then was chosen from the winners of eight other categories as the overall Champion, by the Acting Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service, Phil Copple. “It certainly was extremely difficult but I felt that Melanie stood out in respect of her exceptional ability to engage often difficult offenders, motivate them to change their ways and assess their attitudes, and actually through that to really live the value of preventing victims by changing lives,” he said.

Her work with three offenders was cited in a nomination demonstrating her ability to motivate and inspire confidence in obstructive offenders, enabling them to move on, sometimes much to their own surprise. It was noted that she expertly balances care and control, and can boast many similar success stories with sex offenders, drug addicts and other violent offenders.

“She is fantastically able and persistent,” said the judging panel.

Accepting the award Melanie said: “I’m so thrilled to win, I didn’t expect it at all. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Mary Archer, Chief Executive of Essex Probation, said “We’re all really proud of Melanie. Her work has been judged to be at the top of a very able group of Probation workers from across the country.

“I’m also delighted that Essex was one of the few Probation Trusts to have three people as finalists. It demonstrates the high standards that we achieve here in Essex.”