Joint PCA / PA response to the Justice Secretary’s next steps for the Rehabilitation Revolution

Today, Wednesday 19 December, Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, set out some of the Government’s thinking on the next steps in implementing its commitment the Rehabilitation Revolution.

He plans to publish a consultation document in January with the aim of engaging various stakeholders in developing the new delivery landscape, and the role he expects of the public sector probation service and of private sector and voluntary sector providers.

The Probation Chiefs Association and Probation Association welcome the fact that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants to involve the Probation Service in thinking through the next steps of the rehabilitation revolution.

The Probation Service has a proven track record in reducing re-offending, with rates for community orders and suspended sentence orders steadily falling year on year with a 3.7 percentage point drop since 2000. It will therefore be important to involve the Probation Service in designing and helping to deliver the rehabilitation revolution.

We will be responding to the planned consultation. We have previously set out last June our joint thinking in our response to the MoJ’s consultation on the probation review published in March 2012.

The Government’s ideas are that public sector probation has an essential role to play in supporting the courts  in managing offenders and the risks posed by the most serious and dangerous.

The Probation Chiefs Association and Probation Association are keen to get the design of the rehabilitation revolution right. There is a danger that if the Government splits the assessment, case management and ongoing risk management of a case between different providers that the public would be put at risk. Remote and inflexible national contracts could also crash through local partnerships and local co-commissioning arrangements to reduce reoffending. With probation not holding the ring, effective probation-led responses to local problems could be lost.

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