PCA responds to new sentencing guidelines on sexual offences


The PCA have responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft new guidelines on the sentencing of sexual offences. The response has been prepared by the PCA’s Sentencing & Courts policy portfolio group, representing the leadership of Probation Trusts on decisions over sentencing policy. Continue reading here….

Probation committed to delivering effective community sentences and rehabilitation for women offenders


The Government has announced new strategic objectives for female offenders in a ministerial statement today (22nd March 2013). The PCA welcomes the Government’s decision to establish an Advisory Board chaired by Helen Grant, which will have direct input from the leadership of Probation Trusts. Continue reading here…

25 February 2013 – PCA workshop on professionalisation

The PCA is exploring options for the development of a professional register and framework for probation / rehabilitation practitioners. This workshop will aim to build the business case for professionalisation amongst stakeholders, and will help the PCA gauge the views of stakeholders over the credibility of the various options. Limited spaces are available, and are invite only.

Event write-up to follow

20 February 2013 – PCA roundtable seminar on Payment by Results

The PCA will be inviting guests with a key interest in the potential for payment by results contracts for delivering rehabilitation services, and exploring some of the main issues surrounding this topic. Very limited spaces are available for this event, and are restricted to specially invited guests only.

Event write-up to follow

PCA/NOMs workshop; Evaluating the Reflective Supervision Model, and what this means for senior managers

The workshop will raise awareness of reflective practice in promoting an offender engagement culture to reduce reoffending.  Paul Turnbull, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London, will be the key speaker. Invitations have been sent via Chief Executives of Probation Trusts, and circulated around NOMs and the MoJ.

PCA features in Ethos magazine; ‘Private sector involvement in probation services’


In an article published in Serco’s Ethos magazine, Savas Hadjipavlou, PCA Business Director, raises concerns that the Government’s ‘transforming rehabilitation’ reform proposals will create public safety risks, add to service complexity and lacks a convincing business case. Continue reading…

PCA Annual Conference 2013; 14th-15th March


On 14th-15th March 2013, the PCA will be hosting its annual conference ‘leading the probation profession through change’, at the Marriott Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham. The PCA looks forward to greeting over 200 delegates from the senior management of probation and other core stakeholders, for what will be an extremely timely and important event in light of the Government’s reform plans outlined in the ‘transforming rehabilitation’ consultation.

The final programme for the day can be found  here; PCA-ANNUAL-CONFERENCE-2013-FINAL-Programme

All places for the conference have now been allocated.