YSS thrilled with our award for Outstanding Practice Learning Environment

YSS were proud to receive an organisational award “ Outstanding Practice Learning Environment – Applied Criminology” in relation to the work we are carrying out with the University of Worcester in offering work placements / mentoring  to their Applied Criminology students.


Ali Steedman and Mark Steadman receiving the outstanding learning environment award on behalf of YSS.

Health and social care professionals who mentor University of Worcester students have been recognised and celebrated at an award ceremony. The University held its annual Mentor Awards in collaboration with its NHS practice partners, as it sought to celebrate the outstanding work of those from a number of disciplines, including social work, criminology, and youth and community work,  nursing, midwifery, ambulance personnel, physiotherapy and occupational therapy who build successful mentoring relationships with students.

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, gave the evening’s opening address and presented the awards, which were divided into two categories – Outstanding Mentors and Outstanding Practice Learning Environment.

Jane Perry, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “Excellent mentors are the key to successful practice learning for many students . In holding this award ceremony each year, we recognise and celebrate the professionals who make an outstanding contribution to our students.”


YSS CEO , Lorraine Preece commented:” We are delighted  to  be working in partnership with the University of Worcester and thrilled with our award for Outstanding Practice Learning Environment in relation to the work we are carrying out in offering work placements and mentoring  to their applied criminology students.  YSS provide a wide variety of services across the criminal justice continuum. These range from prison pre-release visits, prison gate collections on the day of release, along with community based support – this enables the students to get a real feel for the work taking place at grass roots level and the positive impact our services are having on peoples lives”

Lorraine added: “ I was approached by Kate Bramford a couple of years ago to see if YSS wanted to become involved in this work . Kate was formerly Head of Training for West Mercia Probation Trust for many years and now works for the University of Worcester as Senior Lecturer & Course Leader BA (Hons) Applied Criminology. Kate was the main driver in the University offering, for the first time, a degree in Applied Criminology .”

Mark Steadman – who has been instrumental in helping to set the scheme up , attended the black tie event at the University,  earlier in October , with Ali Steedman. “We knew we had been nominated but did not know until the night that we had won .”

David Andrewartha, Operations Manager  said  “We are delighted that some of the students choose also to volunteer for YSS. Very many thanks to all staff for making the students feel so welcome and a part of YSS and a particular mention to the  criminal justice  staff for embracing this work and  “making it happen”  in ensuring that the students  receive a stimulating and rewarding work placement whilst with us. This is a fabulous accolade and further enhances our reputation and credibility.”

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