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Simon Duckett


  • forensic reports
  • mental health tribunal high court report
  • safeguarding policy investigations
  • national strategy policy proposals
  • accomplished negotiator excellent communication
  • organizational and analytical skills
  • sleaze conduct and performance of senior managers
  • social care failures duty to protect and care the vulnerable public
  • justice failure

freelance freelance

Over the decades of my career I have become an accomplished negotiator with excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills. The consistent theme of my career has been identifying, assessing and responding to human need, risk, law and justice, to see the vulnerable public allowed proper access to the full range of the British statutory and voluntary services.

My work performance is focused, pro-active and accomplished. I have earned a solid reputation for tenacity and diplomacy. Involvement with central government as a lay member tri-ministerial Victims Advisory Panel, (VAP), at the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, (OCJR), was through interview via the Appointments Commission and provided insight into how government performs.

While a member of VAP I was involved researching, presenting and making recommendations to ministers the unmet needs of multi-agencies and unmet public need from around the country. Theoretically, the purpose was to directly influence future government delivery of crime victim provision across the criminal justice service.

After leaving VAP I researched and prepared presentation for senior judiciary on exercising best judgecraft when using sentencing powers in cases of racially aggravated murders. This was on behalf of the Race Unit at the OCJR for the Attorney General’s Office on the active implementation of recommendations of the Attorney General's Race for Justice Report in 2006. This required substantial diplomacy and professionals skills dealing directly with families affected and with the highest levels of public executive services.

Selected to provide a presentation and discussion by a Japanese government delegation. The purpose was to aid the government of Japan structure its first national Japanese crime victim statutes for compensation, law and policies for public services. The delegation made active use of my handbook; its policy proposals and extensive operational multi-agency social care knowledge.

Prepared independent draft report for a county police force on their performance and adherence to law, procedures and best practice in a politically sensitive race-hate murder.

Invited and developed training sessions for the National Police Improvement Agency, England, (NPIA) on strategic-policy training for senior police coordinators of family liaison officers from across England. This considered means for refining multi-agency existing and future responses to needs of crime victims and survivors.

In English local government and health services, work includes frequent contact and work with senior civic leaders, operation social care and health staff and senior police. This involves frequent gathering and analysis of complex data and production of qualitative, factual reports, policies and recommendations in a timely manner.

My work career within local government both as a permanent and locum worker covers a wide spectrum in diverse roles. My skills have been used to address longstanding operational and commissioning failures in local authorities. This has included assessing the quality of safeguarding practice and provision for highly vulnerable groups in their charge, quality of documentation, staff supervision and duty to protect and care the vulnerable public. This has required on occasion looking at the conduct and performance of senior managers. I have practiced as a senior team manager in social work in mental health, review performance of staff, assess needs of older people, disabilities services, policy officer, strategy planning officer, project officer, grants officer with a substantial budget for voluntary sector services, successfully compiling endorsed council committee reports.

Other related work has involved providing tribunal and court reports for law firms, and extensive strategic-policy work across various crime victim groups and other community-focused services.

A member of the Society of Authors, London, England.

For all enquiries please contact me at enquiries@officium.org.uk

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