As the COVID-19 crisis has spread, Governments across the world have responded with a variety of virus-suppressing restrictions. Our everyday lives and livelihoods have been upended. We have become locked into an all-encompassing ‘Coronaverse’.
With ‘lockdown’ firmly in place, no-one can be in doubt about Government rules. However, only recently the BBC News reported anti-social behaviour being on the increase. There will be those who always misbehave, however, daily I see groups of, I'm sure, 'normally law-abiding citizens' gathered together, playing, or simply enjoying the sunshine. This is particularly concerning given the volume of media reminders.
The Covid-19 pandemic has touched every aspect of society. It has shone a light on parts of society which tend to go unnoticed and highlighted the ways in which the disadvantaged bear the brunt of events like this. In relation to the criminal justice system, there has been a focus on the policing of lockdown laws and how to protect people in prisons. But we should not forget the impact on probation services which – in England and Wales – are responsible for supervising around 250,000 people in the community. Here, I want to highlight some of the ways in which probation services are being affected by the current situation.
Call for Research Participants Researchers in the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology (CeBSAP) are conducting a survey to understand how people are responding to COVID-19 health recommendations in order to inform similar health guidance and messages and develop effective communication in the future. If you are interested in taking part, you can access … Continue reading COVID-19 and the need for behavioural science
Social prescribing is a policy innovation that aims to improve health and wellbeing for people with complex health conditions by enabling healthcare practitioners to refer patients to activities provided by voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) in their local area. Having started out as a bottom-up social movement lead by GPs and community organisations … Continue reading Social Prescribing at a Crossroads
By John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change at Sheffield Hallam University. Reproduced from People, Place and Policy, Volume 13, Issue 2 by kind permission of the editorial team. First published online on Friday 6th December 2019. What do the 2019 General Election manifestoes promise on climate policy? General Election 2019: Environmental … Continue reading Politics of fear or complacency on climatic and ecological collapse?
How will education policy be shaped in the next parliament? Professor Mike Coldwell and Professor Sam Twiselton of the Sheffield Institute of Education scrutinise the main parties' manifesto pledges on education ahead of the 2019 General Election. This article is reproduced from People, Place and Policy with kind permission of the editorial team. First published … Continue reading The 2019 General Election and the teaching profession in England
BY NICHOLA CADET, SENIOR LECTURER IN CRIMINOLOGY, SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY Nearly one in five prisoners in England and Wales are now aged over 50. Reasons include increases in average prison sentence lengths; people ageing as they serve multiple sentences, and a greater proportion of those convicted for historic (often sexual) offences. This third category means … Continue reading A Positive Strategy For Engaging Older Prisoners
Human Rights in Action, Doping, Autism & the Importance of Green Spaces among Highlights of Sheffield Hallam’s Festival Programme this November. As in previous years, Sheffield Hallam University will again be organising the Sheffield Festival of Social Science in conjunction with The University of Sheffield and supported by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). … Continue reading Sheffield Festival of Social Science 2019
Above: Paul Hickman led a study team comprising researchers from Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast, which explored the experiences of low income households across Northern Ireland. Two of the case study areas were in Derry/Londonderry (pictured). The difficult and uncertain times we live in has resulted in increasing attention … Continue reading Over used and fundamentally flawed: the problem with using the concept of ‘resilience’ in the context of economic hardship