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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Translating Practice into Policy: the Value of Practitioner led Research The Griffins Society Model

We would like to invite you to a workshop debating practitioner-led research, through the prism of research into effective treatment of females within the justice system.

The workshop will examine the value, challenges and opportunities for practitioner led research to influence practice and policy, using past and present Griffins Society sponsored research as an illustration. For over ten years the Griffins Society has been funding research by practitioners who seek to bring about change in the treatment of women and girls who offend and those at risk of offending. Keynote speakers will also include Prof. Carol Hedderman, University of Leicester.

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.

Reoffending for those under probation supervision continues to fall


The Ministry of Justice has today (30 January 2014) published the latest Proven Reoffending statistics (1).

The Government’s statistics show that reoffending for those given community orders who have recieved probation supervision is 34.0%, a drop of 0.2 percentage points compared to the previous 12 months and down 3.9 percentage points since 2000.

This is testament to the high performance of professional staff working in Probation Trusts across the country, achieving year on year reductions in the levels of reoffending to help protect the public.

In comparison, the Government’s statistics shows those released from short term custodial sentences of under 12 months, who currently receive no probation supervision, have a significantly higher proven reoffending rate of 57.7%.  The PCA have argued that existing Probation Trusts, who have demonstrated high performance at reducing reoffending and quality services, should be given the additional responsibility to supervise those currently released from short term custodial sentences.

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(1)    A proven re-offence is defined as any offence committed in a one year follow-up period that leads to a court conviction, caution, reprimand or warning in the one year follow-up. Following this one year follow-up, a further six month waiting period is allowed for the offence to be proven in court. These proven reoffending statistics relate to the period from  April 2011 to March 2012.

Newsletter 30 January 2014

Dear PCA member

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2014. January has been a very busy month for the Office, planning the PCA Conference – full report below – continuing to respond to requests for comments on the Transforming rehabilitation reforms and planning the development of the Probation Institute.  So this edition, albeit somewhat later coming out than usual, provides an opportunity to let you know about all these developments and more.


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Savas Hadjipavlou

PCA Chief Executive