PCA features in BBC Radio 4’s ‘File on Four’ investigation into probation reforms


BBC Radio 4’s ‘File on Four’ yesterday (18 February 2014) examined the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms to probation service delivery.

The PCA’s significant concerns over risks to public safety through fragmenting offender management functions between different bodies, disruption of existing effective partnership work that supports public protection and the rehabilitation of offenders, and over how professional skills, qualifications and experience will be sustained were all raised throughout the programme.

To listen again please view the link below:

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Looking back at the World Congress on Probation


The first ever World Congress on Probation was held in London at the end of last year, bringing together practitioners and those with an interest in probation and community justice from over 50 countries across the globe.

The PCA worked closely with the Confederation of European Probation (CEP), West Yorkshire Probation Trust, London Probation Trust, NOMs and other key partners to make the World Congress on Probation such a success.

A summary report looking back on the highlights of the World Congress on Probation has now been published and sent to all delegates. You can view a copy of the report on the link below:
World Congress Report final


The Probation Institute – Registered as a Company and ready to launch


As of today, the Probation Institute has been formally registered as a Company, and is planning to open its doors to new members following an official launch in March.

Find out more on the development of the Probation Institute from our first monthly update, including information on the appointed transitional Directors and future planned events here..

More information on the Probation Institute, including its Prospectus, can be found at – http://probation-institute.org/

New practitioner led research published – Sir Graham Smith Award winners


The PCA today (3rd February 2014) publishes two pieces of research produced by this year’s Sir Graham Smith Award winners.

The Sir Graham Smith Award champions practice-led research in probation, and sponsors practitioners to undertake short pieces of research which they themselves have designed.

The two topics and candidates selected for the award this year were:

More about the two award winners: –

Shelly-Ann McDermott, London Probation Trust
Shelly-Ann started her working life as a support worker for women and children survivors of domestic abuse and then as a mentor to young people in an inner city school.  She has been working with London Probation since 2002 and qualified as a Probation Officer in 2004.

Andrea MacDonald, Durham & Tees Valley Probation Trust
Andrea has worked in the field of Probation for 15 years, initially based at HMP Holme House and then as a Probation Officer in Stockton on Tees and Middlesbrough.  She is currently a ‘Champion for Veteran Offenders and Personality Disordered Offenders’ for Durham & Tees Valley Probation Trust.