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…

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.

International Women’s Day; Probation working with partners to address the distinct needs of women offenders


To mark International Women’s Day 2013 (8th March), the PCA would like to celebrate the efforts of Probation Trusts and other criminal justice sector partners in their work with women offenders.

Evidence shows that a gender informed approach is more effective in reducing the female prison population, reoffending and the number of women and girls entering the Criminal Justice System. To this end and at a local level, Probation Trusts in England & Wales have worked in a variety of ways to support and compliment Women’s Community Services. Many Probation Trusts are now working in partnership with statutory and voluntary partners to develop new and bespoke projects to support women using their expertise and knowledge to help shape the future of women’s services in an outcome focused environment.

Liz Rijnenberg, PCA lead on womens offenders and CEO of Wiltshire Probation Trust, in her leadership blog looks at current efforts of criminal justice sector providers to offer women offenders a distinct solution;  http://localhost/2013/01/03/women-offenders-a-distinct-group-who-need-a-distinct-solution/

In our recent case-study series, we covered the story of Rachel, a ‘low-risk’ woman offender managed by the public Probation Service; http://localhost/2013/01/23/case-study-probations-management-of-a-breach-of-sentence-for-a-low-risk-offender/

The PCA has also recently submitted evidence to the Parliamentary Justice select committee’s ongoing inquiry into women offenders; http://localhost/2012/10/22/justice-select-committee-inquiry-into-women-offenders/