Newsletter 30 November 2012

Dear PCA member

The latest news and updates from PCA.  Please note in particular that we have now opened registration for the next PCA Conference in March 2013.  Please register early to help with our planning and to keep costs down.

You can give feedback at  feedback@localhost.

Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

PCA Conference

Registration for the PCA 2013 Annual Conference has now opened. You can register either on-line via the PCA Website where you will have to sign in to the the members area to get the members prices or, if you have difficulties using the website, you can email the conference account. To find out more go here about registering for the conference and to view a preliminary programme.

New PCA lead for Payment by Results

We are very pleased to let you know that, following the recent recruitment, Stuart MacDonald, Business Director, Norfolk and Suffolk PT will be the new PCA lead on Payment by Results.  Given the Government’s plans this is likely to be a large and busy area of business.  Stuart will, no doubt, be in touch as the PCA’s approach is developed and refined.  We wish him well in this important role.

8th CEP Conference on Electronic Monitoring in Europe, 8-10 November 2012, Balsta, Sweden

Yvette Ball was a member of the planning group and attended the  Conference as the PCA EM portfolio lead.  It was very well supported by 200 delegates from across Europe and worldwide including Japan, Colombia, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand, USA and others.  CEP, the European Organisation for Probation, led the conference with generous sponsorship from G4S, Serco and 3M.
The theme of the Conference was ‘Towards a Gold Standard in the Practice of Electronic Monitoring’  and included a workshop on creating a statement for the Council of Europe on the scope, definition and aspects of usage of EM for adoption across the region.  Speakers covered a wide range of topics including innovation in EM technology, operational practice,  research, private versus public sector delivery, crime victims with special reference to domestic abuse and developments in Australia, the USA and the Netherlands.
There was a choice of seven workshops which focused on specific aspects such as the use of EM to increase compliance, satellite tracking of persistent and prolific offenders, tagging in open prisons, transdermal alcohol monitoring, tracking of sex and domestic violence offenders in France and Portugal etc.  All the speakers’ presentations can be found on the CEP website .  For further information, please contact: or Yvette.ball@localhost

Transition to Adulthood Alliance Report

The Barrow Cadbury Trust, have asked the PCA to share with the membership a report from the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) on brain injury and the implications for criminal justice. Repairing Shattered Lives: Brain injury and its implications for criminal justice, written by Professor Huw Williams of Exeter University, explains the connection between acquired brain injury (ABI) and increased contact between children, young people and young adults with criminal justice processes, with a particular focus on the impact of ABI upon developmental maturity.

ARCOIP Newsletter

ARCOIP, the association for retired chief officer grades in probation maintains an important network for those who have been at the forefront of developments in probation over the years. There is a social side to the network but there is still a keen interest in what is happening to probation and in social and criminal justice amongst old colleagues, who can at times still make their voices heard.  Read the latest newsletter here.

If you, or any one you know might be interested in joining ARCOIP joint Secretaries Roger Statham and Howard Lockwood would be delighted to hear from you. Their contact details can be found in the ARCOIP newsletter.

Thames Valley Chief Executive

It is with great pleasure that the PCA can announce that Paul Gillbard has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation Trust after acting in the role since Gerry Marshall retired. The PCA would like to wish Paul every success in his role.

PCA response to DWP work programme statistics


Today (Tuesday 27 November) has seen the first official figures relating to the Work Programme – the Government’s flagship Payment by Results scheme. These figures underline the PCA concerns about the Government’s plans to introduce similar PbR contracts to the delivery of traditional probation services. Continue Reading →

Community Payback 40th Anniversary Stories from Probation Trusts


All this week the Probation Chiefs Association and Probation Trusts have been celebrating 40 years of Community Payback.

Over the past four decades the name may have changed – Community Service, Community Punishment – but it’s principles of reparation, rehabilitation and punishment have remained.

The following link is a selection of tweets from across Probation Trusts to mark this birthday. It includes pictures, success stories, news and facts.

The collection shows how Community Payback remains a powerful and effective sentencing tool.

Community Payback collection of tweets

Newsletter 21 November 2012

Dear PCA member

This is a special edition newsletter. Its aim is to bring PCA members up-to-date with the recent announcements by MoJ Ministers on criminal justice reform and payment by results including the speech at the Centre for Social Justice on 20 November by Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The briefing is available here. We have invited Jeremy Wright MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, to the next PCA Council, on 30 November, providing an opportunity to discuss the planned reforms and PCA’s concerns. We expect decisions about the reforms to be taken over the course of the next few months and we will,from time to time, use special edition newsletters to keep you informed. You can give feedback at feedback@localhost.

Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

Probation open to working with Police & Crime Commissioners to reduce crime in the community


Newly elected Police & Crime Commissioners will be inaugurated today (22nd November). The PCA would like to wish PCCs success, and encourages PCCs to make the reduction of re-offending in their community a top priority.  PCCs should look to work and partner with their local Probation Trust to develop strategies and commissioning priorities that would be most effective at preventing crime in the particular circumstances of their locality. Continue reading here…

The Justice Secretary’s Speech at the Centre for Social Justice


Today, Tuesday 20 November, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, gave a speech  which outlined how the Government wants to reform parts of the criminal justice system.  In particular he focused extending the role of the private, voluntary and charity sector in helping rehabilitate and resettle offenders and reducing re-offending.

PCA celebrates 40th anniversary of Community Payback


The PCA is delighted to celebrate the 40th birthday of Community Payback, which has recently been marked.  Over the past four decades the name may have changed – Community Service, Community Punishment – but it’s principles of reparation, rehabilitation and punishment have remained. Continue reading here…