Newsletter – 14 August 2012

Dear PCA member

Dear All I would like to welcome Stuart Cave and Ben Ritchie to the PCA. Stuart will be working on maintaining and updating the website and working on the newly launched members area. If you have a comment or suggestion to make about the website please get in touch with Stuart. Ben is working on establishing a series of workshops, for members to access learning opportunities and to help develop the PCA’s policy; and, for seminars to develop and increase the voice of the PCA to external audiences, if you have a seminar or workshop you would like to run please contact Ben This August issue still has a variety of news and announcements. Take a look. We value your feedback. Views, comments etc, to feedback@localhost please.

Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

News Highlights

Recognition for Merseyside Probation Trust

Merseyside Probation Trust is the only public sector organisation out of five finalists to have been selected as a finalist in the British Quality Foundation”s UK Recognised for Excellence Awards. Chief Executive Officer of Merseyside Probation Trust, Annette Hennessy said: “The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve – it recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation. To have achieved this position therefore is a tremendous accolade for the Trust, and will spur us on to continue to improve and achieve excellence in our work.” The PCA would like to congratulate Merseyside Probation Trust on this great achievement and wishes them all the very best at the award ceremony in London on 25 October where the winner will be announced by the Foundation’s patron and guest of honour, HRH The Princess Royal. To read more about Merseyside”s nomination please click here.

Justice Group Policy Update Report

The Justice Policy Group Policy Update Report for July 2012 was produced with the intention of giving an update on some of the main issues that will be of direct interest to third sector organisations and provides highlights, not an exhaustive account of all current and proposed developments in NOMS and MoJ. It gives brief updates on areas including competition, Women”s Justice and many more areas. To read the report please click here.

NHS Care Objectives

The NHS are currently consulting on a draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board and the NHS care objectives which you can see by clicking here. Attention is drawn to section 4.12 – 4.16 of the Care Objectives, which promotes attention to interventions to reduce the likelihood of reoffending and will be useful for local engagement with Health and Well-being Boards. the PCA are planning to provide a response for PCA, please can any comments, suggestions be sent to Tessa Webb CEO Hertfordshire no later than 31st August 2012 , so they can be incorporated into the PCA response

PCA Business Areas and Portfolios

The website is well populated with information about the wide variety of PCA Portfolio Groups covering all aspects of probation work and organisation. Further to the very successful Portfolio leads workshop on 12/7/12, we would like to encourage PCA members to be involved in the groups. The Exec expects portfolio leads to comment on their area nationally and the more informed they are with a range of views from the membership, the better. Portfolio leads are keen to recruit members for small reference groups whom they can consult for views on issues, formal consultations etc. The reference groups are a good way in to becoming a portfolio lead and having the opportunity to represent the PCA nationally. If you would like more information or to offer your expertise to a specific group, please contact Yvette Ball, Policy Development Lead via email or telephone on 07771 978064 or contact the relevant portfolio lead direct. Their contact details are available via the website or the PCA office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sir Graham Smith Award Lecture, 30 October

The Sir Graham Smith Award Lectures are due to be held on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 from 4.30-7.30 in the Sir Graham Smith Suite, Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF. Lectures on the will be given buy the two winners Sarah Lewis from Hampshire Probation and Victoria Jellet of Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust. Please click here to find out more about the lectures.

Special PCA delegate rate offered for the Police, Law & Justice Conference 2012

Sue Hall, PCA, will be giving a speech on creating effective probation services at the GovKnow are ,,Police, Law & Justice Conference 2012″ on Thursday 19 November, in Westminster, London. The conference will focus on the ever changing environment in which criminal justice professionals are operating, with budgets being tightened, and the impact of Police & Crime Commissioners and new local law enforcement agencies. Attendees will be provided with key examples of cost saving measures both on the frontline and in back office functions, without adversely affecting crime levels. For more information please click here.

Members of the probation services can book for a reduced rate of £125 +VAT per delegate with promo code PCA10.

Call 0845 647 7000 or book online.

Learning and Development Portfolio lead

The PCA is seeking a new lead for the Training and Development portfolio. The main focus of this portfolio is the Probation Qualifying Framework and the continuing development of probation practitioners. The PCA is committed to developing professionalisation in probation services through the establishment of a professional register and framework. The portfolio lead will have a crucial role to play in supporting this exciting new initiative. It is anticipated that the current membership of the portfolio group will be expanded to form a reference group with the relevant expertise to advise the PCA on new L&D developments. The portfolio lead will also represent the PCA on the Skills for Justice Council of members, contributing to the wider skills agenda in the justice sector. If you are interested, please could you email Jenny Seaton Ulliott by 07/09/2012 up to 200 words on:

  • why you”d like to do it
  • the expertise you would bring and
  • Confirmed endorsement from your CE.

Newsletter – 31 July 2012


Dear PCA member

Dear All In this edition I want to draw particular attention to the MoJ’s call for expressions of interest for senior probation staff as advisors in foreign jurisdictions and several updates from portfolio groups, identifying opportunities for getting involved. Also the CJI report on the story of intensive alternatives to custody makes an interesting and instructive read. We value your feedback. Views, comments etc, to feedback@localhost please.

Savas Hadjipavlou

PCA Business Director

News Highlights

PCA welcomes the Centre for Justice Innovation & Effectiveness The Centre for Justice Innovation & Effectiveness (CJI) is a new NGO aiming to provide a voice for innovative ideas and practice in reforming criminal justice in the UK. The PCA is working closely with the CJI in various demonstration projects and research and welcomes their contribution to helping shape the future of the criminal justice system. The CJI has released a review ” Going it Alone – The story of intensive Alternatives to Custody pilots” prepared with research assistance from PCA. To read this interesting paper and for the lessons it draws out from future projects, go here. You can find more background and links on probation partnership work with CJI here.

Recognition for Nottinghamshire Probation Trust

Nottinghamshire Probation Trust announced that, following a week’s full assessment by the British Quality Foundation, they moved from being 4* to 5* Recognition for Excellence, the highest rating. Jane Geraghty, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Probation Trust. thanking staff fort heir contribution said ‘This is an incredible achievement and one for which the whole of the organisation should take extreme pride.’The PCA would like to extend its congratulations to Nottinghamshire for this achievement.

Estates Portfolio Lead

Following a request for expressions of interest for a lead for the Estates portfolio, the PCA Executive is very pleased to welcome Sarah Payne, CE Wales,in this role. Sarah will represent the PCA in discussions on the MoJ Estates Strategy and at the September meeting of the Probation Estates Investment Board. Should you have any issues you would like to discuss, Sarah would be very pleased to hear from you by email or phone: 02920 785007.

Biometric Reporting – London Probation Trust

The Trust is continuing to investigate the use of biometric technology in its management of offenders. However, the emphasis of the original project has changed to being more research based and the timescales have been extended. Kiosks in Bexley and Bromley will be installed as part of that research work this Autumn and aim to review the findings and conclusions in early 2013. For ore information please contact either Sonia Crozier, Service Director via email or telephone 0300 048 0005 or Rob Clarke, Assistant Chief Officer via email or telephone 020 8290 2119

Recruitment of Senior Probation Staff as Potential Advisors to Overseas Jurisdictions

The MoJ, working closely with NOMS and trusts, currently oversees the delivery of six major EU twinning projects in Europe, including two establishing new probation services in Croatia and Albania. Each of these projects is led by a senior manager from the UK, resident in the overseas jurisdiction, on assignment from their own organisation. To prepare for future projects the MoJ would like to recruit senior staff from probation trusts and NOMS to join a pool of prospective managers for these posts. Application forms can be obtained form which should be returned to by cop Friday 14th September 2012. To find out more follow the link here.

Restorative Justice Portfolio Group

Stephen Czajewski is putting together a PCA meeting on restorative justice to review where Trusts all are in terms of RJ delivery. He is focused on Ministry of Justice interest in the agenda (including pre-sentence RJ), NOMS commitment to RJ and roll out of training and support nationally. To that end he is holding a meeting in Central London on Thursday September 13 at 10.30 to take stock of this agenda. The venue will probably be London Probation Head office. He has invited the initial members of the RJ reference group, but would be very pleased if other senior managers could update him about progress in their areas and/ or express their interest in joining or contributing to the group through contacting him by email.

PCCs and the need for a PCA reference group

The PCC agenda is hotting up and it seems timely to expand the PCC work currently being led by John Bensted within the Localism Portfolio ( CE Gloucestershire Probation Trust ) into a small reference group .The recent joint PCA/PA events in London and Wakefield were well received and the brochure for prospective candidates has now been circulated to all Trusts. Twitter has led to an offer fro John to speak on behalf of PCA at a Briefing Day for all prospective PCC candidates being organised by the nascent Association of PCCs. The agenda is mainly focussed on Policing matters. As Trusts are beginning to make contact with their local candidates, this national event will provide an opportunity to get over some of key messages about the crucial role of Probation in the local Police and Crime Plan . However there are still many issues for Trusts to be dealing with, not least meeting with candidates to brief them about local issues as they prepare their manifestos, how to contribute to the draft Police and Crime Plans etc. John Bensted would like to widen the reference group . If you are interested could you please contact John Bensted direct with a view to setting up a meeting in early mid September, probably in London or Bristol, but this can be flexible.

Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA, responds to the Daily Mail Article – 20,000 Spared Jail Re-offend


Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA has responded to claims made in the  Daily Mail Article, 20,000 Spared Jail Re-offend (21 August, 2012), that community service is not working. The letter was published on 24 August 2012.

On the front page of the Daily Mail 21 August, 2012 you said that community service isn’t working.
On the contrary the majority of offenders (approximately 75%) undertaking work in the community as part of their community punishment orders do not re-offend. Continue reading…