Over a period of almost two decades, the European Excellence Model has slowly transformed Merseyside Probation Trust into an organisation that not only protects and supports the community, but is also capable of securing its own future.
The Government has announced general plans for reforming the criminal justice system, including widespread use of Payment by Results. Nothing specific has been mentioned for probation, and the Minister has said that no decisions have yet been taken and various options are still be considered as to the future shape of probation. This forum is intended to provide a place for members to offer their views and share opinions, as the aspects of the MoJ’s plans move forward.
The PCA would like to congratulate Merseyside Probation Trust for winning the British Quality Foundation’s ‘UK Excellence Awards 2012′. The award is not only fantastic news for Merseyside Probation Trust but also for probation nationally. Continue reading here…
The Probation Chiefs Association welcomes today’s publication of statistics on offender management, MAPPA, prisons and probation performance, and proven re-offending which individually and collectively illustrate the effectiveness of Probation in protecting the public and reducing re-offending. Continue reading here…
Polly Toynbee (Guardian comment, 22nd October) is correct that offending is falling not soaring as the Prime Minister stated on Monday. However the key to further reductions in a time of austerity went unmentioned in David Cameron’s speech. Continue reading here…
Probation is a critical part of the Criminal Justice System and for the Prime Minister to omit it in his vision for the CJS on 22nd October is disappointing and short-sighted. Disappointing, because dedicated probation staff work tirelessly with risky, complex and chaotic individuals to punish and reform them according to the sentences of the court; and short sighted because, at a tenth of a cost of prison, community orders have reoffending rates that are significantly lower and are declining year on year. Probation works.
Chair, Probation Chiefs Association
In September the The Probation Chiefs Association submitted written evidence to the Justice Select Committee in regards to Women Offenders. To read the pertinent points of the article please click here.
The PCA would like to highlight the achievement of Merseyside Probation Trust for being selected as a finalist in the British Quality Foundation’s ‘Recognised for Excellence Awards 2012’. The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. Continue reading here….
This is a packed edition of the newsletter and hopefully there is something here to interest everyone! I want, though, to highlight invitations for applications from ACOs and Directors for two positions of PCA Executive Director; bids from Trusts to lead workshops at the next PCA Annual Conference; the opening of the PCA members forum on the website; and opportunities to get involved with the Commissioning and Competitions Portfolio Group. As always, we value your feedback.