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Local Winner, National Finalist: will Laura win?

Posted: 27th March 2014 by Essex CRC.
Laura Adams picks up the Public Protection award from the High Sheriff of Essex
Laura Adams picks up the Public Protection award from the High Sheriff of Essex

Two local Essex champions in Probation specialisms are in the National Probation Awards finals:

Laura Adams, working in the Chelmsford area, and Danielle Mannix, at Probation’s Southend office, will be representing Essex in June.

Laura Adams, Offender Manager in Essex Probation’s Chelmsford Office, has won county-wide acclaim for her work in public protection. At a recent High Sheriff’s Prize [1] event, Laura received her award from High Sheriff Julia Abel Smith.

“It is never possible to know where public protection practice in any individual case has led to the avoidance of further harm or death, said Mary Archer, Essex Probation’s Chief Executive. “It is possible, however, to know when the actions of a worker are those which produce the highest standards in protection practice, which are guaranteed to minimise the risk posed by an offender. This work is all the more impressive, given the short time in which Laura has been with us, having worked hard enough to absorb all and more of what is required in Probation practice, and to make it her own.”

Only one year into Probation work, Laura has regularly proved her clear natural aptitude for the work, and demonstrated high-level practice with high-risk cases.

Laura has a degree in Social Work. Prior to commencing her studies and joining Probation, Laura held a number of roles including Trainee Assistant Manager and roles in the Armed Forces.

Essex Probation has nominated her for the National Probation Championships, an annual event to find the best Probation practice in England and Wales. Her nomination has gone through two panels so far, and Laura finds herself as a National Finalist in the Public Protection category, pitched against colleagues from 34 other Probation Trusts.

The Probation ‘Oscars’ (envelopes, suspense….) will take place in June with Justice Minister Jeremy Wright handing out the awards. Essex Probation has, unusually, won at least one category in every National Probation Awards event bar one, competing against all the Trusts in England and Wales, and twice won the overall National Champion award, (last time was last year).

“We wish both Laura and Danielle the best of luck,” said Mary Archer.


[1] The High Sheriff’s Prize was set up 14 years ago in Essex by High Sheriff Ronald Capel-Cure, in recognition of Essex Probation’s services to the community. Staff are nominated every year in eight different categories. Winners are decided by a five-strong judging panel.