Published: 11th Feb 2015

At the launch of the Lankelly Chase report Hard Edges: Mapping severe and multiple disadvantage, there was a strange mix of emotions. Initially I was intrigued. As someone who has been working on the rehabilitation of offenders since 2006, first in the Cabinet Office and then as chief executive of Kent Probation, we had long awaited data beyond that available from the 2002 social exclusion unit which, while excellent at the time, only viewed needs through the prism of offending. Practice-led work on reducing reoffending had continued to evolve but the data to back up strong professional opinion was lacking. Could this report look at the overlap between needs in a way the 2002 report didn’t? Then, there was excitement. The research provided some fantastic datasets which both backed up what we thought we knew and provided a level of detail enabling segmentation both geographically and demographically (the geographer in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)