Newsletter 24th October 2012

Many congratulations to Merseyside PT on winning the BQF UK Excellence Award. The first ever public sector agency to be a finalist for this award. This well deserved recognition, continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of probation at a time when Ministers have barely mentioned probation in recent speeches.  More detail is on the PCA Website.

1. Meeting with the Minister
2. Professional Register Scoping Study
3. Executive Director Positions
4. PCA Annual Conference – bids for workshops
5. PCA Public Protection Group – Parole Board
6. PCA Restorative Justice Portfolio Update
7. Deaths in Probation
8. Volunteers and Mentors in Reducing Re-offending conference
9. PbR Portfolio Lead advert
10. New Learning from Serious Case Reviews
11. RR3 (Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group) – Justice Policy Group Update October 2012

Probation Review

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.

Ministry of Justice statistics show effectiveness of probation


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…

Response to the Prime Minister’s Vision for the Criminal Justice System


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.

Sue Hall
Chair, Probation Chiefs Association

Newsletter 8th October 2012

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.