A PRISON officer who has helped fathers serving time to take more responsibility for their children has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system at the Northumbria Justice Awards.
Steve Herbert took the individual category award his family-centred work with prisoners at HMP Northumberland, where he developed a father and child visit initiative that placed parental responsibility onto fathers during their visits with their families.
Developed with voluntary agencies, the scheme includes guidance and instructions from professionals to ensure that all parties are well supported and positive family links are encouraged for prisoners upon release.
Other shortlisted nominees from HMP Northumberland included Judith Cornick for her excellent contribution to offender management and safeguarding practices as a seconded Senior Probation Officer, and prison officer Louise Little, for her outstanding contribution to improving green issues and developing recycling practices.
Presenting Steve with his award, Geoff Hodgson, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, said: “It was a real honour to be able to listen to and reward the work of those here today.
“Too often we focus on the negative stories and so it was great to hear about the positive, inspirational and innovative work taking place in Northumbria. The dedication and commitment of those staff and volunteers is truly outstanding.”