A new development

This blog has now been going for almost five years and has gradually gained recognition as a go-to source for information on new developments in the alcohol, drugs and crime sectors (with a particular specialism in payment by results).

The blog boasts an increasing array of renown guest bloggers including: the Chair of the Commons Justice Committee, the Howard League for Penal Reform, the Prison Governors’ Association, the Probation Institute, the Restorative Justice Council, the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust and Big Society Capital.

The fact that content is updated on a daily basis attracts steady traffic. There were over 1 million page views in the year to 31 March 2016; and over 1,400 subscribers receive a daily email with the day’s new content.

The fact that the blog is now quite widely read has led to suggestions from readers that it would be a good place for organisations to recruit workers and people to find new jobs. So earlier this week the blog launched a jobs board with two main aims:

  • Drastically cutting recruitment costs for substance misuse and criminal justice organisations
  • Making it easy for job seekers in these sectors to find work in their chosen field and location

Find a job

The blog’s visitors are characterised by a high degree of motivation in their field of work, many of whom are innovators and activists, shaping the future of practice or fighting hard to retain a principled and high quality approach to helping their service users.

The board has already attracted respected employers with the likes of RAPt, CGL (till recently CRI), User Voice, SafeGround and The Howard League already on board.

Readers looking for new opportunities as a paid worker, intern, volunteer, trustee or mentor can search quickly by location, sector and any keyword of their choice.

Current sector categories include:  complex needs, criminal justice, domestic violence, housing/homelessness, mental health, police, prison, probation, restorative justice, substance misuse, victims’ services and youth justice. New sectors will come online in response to requests from job seekers and employers.

Simply click here to see current vacancies.

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Find a worker (intern/trustee/volunteer)

One of the main reasons I have launched the jobs board is as a result of numerous conversations with (mainly small/medium sized) employers who reported their difficulties in finding good quality workers or volunteers without resorting to the expense of recruitment agencies.

The main features of the jobs board have been designed with these agencies in mind:

  • It’s cheap – just £50 per job per month
  • Advert placed same day copy is received
  • Every new job listing tweeted to Russell’s 5,400+ Twitter followers
  • Many blog visitors are influential networkers who share jobs via their social networks
  • Applicants can search by field, location and company name
  • Separate sections for paid staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and mentors
  • Simple 5-minute job template to complete includes:
    • Full job description (up to 500 words)
    • Direct link to company website or email to enable immediate application
    • Job location
    • Company logo & twitter handle
  • Featured adverts available for £100 per month
  • Heavily discounted annual rates available

As a special introductory offer, any organisation employing less than 100 staff may place unlimited adverts on the Jobs Board for the rest of 2016 for £100.

If you’re interested in recruiting via the site, please Email me.


Please be assured that the jobs board is intended to add value to the site and that the blog’s main function will continue to be keeping readers up to date with the latest developments in the worlds of substance misuse, crime and PbR.