Newsletter 22 February 2013

Dear PCA member

In this edition you will find links to the joint PCA/PA response – posted today on the PCA website – to the MoJ’s consultation paper on Transforming Justice. Also an updated version of the March  2013 PCA conference Programme.  The Conference this year will provide a key opportunity to hear from the Minister and to discuss the MoJ’s plans for reforming probation.  With over 200 delegates already registered it promises to be a busy event, looking at the challenging issues for the future shape of probation.

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Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

News Highlights

PCA Annual Conference

The PCA conference is less than a month away. Around 200 delegates have registered and already has the makings to be an interesting event and an opportunity to engage with members and stakeholders from across probation. The PCA Business Office will shortly be circulating to registered delegates information about the range of conference workshops on offer . An updated version of the programme can be found here.

PA/PCA Letter to  Secretary of State

The PCA and PA have written to Chris Grayling in response to some of his answers on probation performance in Justice Questions in the Commons on February 5. The letter can be seen here.

Damien Green Reform Speech

On 19 February Damien Green – who is a joint Minister of the Home Office and MoJ –  delivered a speech on Criminal Justice which can be read here.  This covered the Government’s programme of wider Criminal Justice  reforms including speedier processing of criminal cases by the police, CPS and courts through  IT enabled processes.  The plans raise some probation related issues, e.g. representation in the newly formed Criminal Justice Board, which PCA will be following up  with the Minister

An International Conference on COST Action IS1106 – 26-27 April 2013, Liverpool Hope University

Registration is now open for a upcoming conference on Offender Supervision in Europe, funded under COST Action IS1106. You can see more information on the website here.

There will be plenary contributions from emerging talents in US criminology (Michelle Phelps and Reuben Miller) and from two comparative penologists (Mary Bosworth and David Nelken). These external contributions will be supplemented by inputs from a number of eminent European scholars involved in the COST network and by an excellent range of respondents from academia, policy and practice.

Cabinet Office paper on Randomised Control Trials

Following on from the PCA workshop on performance measurement you may be interested  to see paper ‘Test, Learn, Adapt:  Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials’ here, This was published by the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team in June 2012 and sets out advice, arguments and methodologies about Randomised control trials which could be used in performance measurements.

A Message on Women’s Services Funding

We understand that there is some concern  about risks to funding for women’s services. However, while wider financial constraints are not encouraging  for women’s services and indeed other services  and there will be a knock on from welfare reforms and uncertainty, it is important to stress that NOMS have not cut women’s allocated funding for next year and in fact many Trusts are putting in over and above what NOMS have allocated and this is going to VCS projects directly and indirectly.

CEP Newsletter

The February version of the CEP newsletter is now out and can be read here . This month features an update on the World Congress of Probation and information about how to get involved in this event that is being held in London on 9-10 October 2013. Included in this month’s CEP newsletter is an article on the Transforming Rehabilitation Review.

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