Public protection

Supervising dangerous offenders – for example those who have committed serious violence or sexual offences – is one of Probation’s key tasks and highest priority. Probation is highly effective in protecting known victims and the public from the serious harm posed by dangerous offenders through specialist skills and statutory work with other agencies, to ensure that all the conditions necessary to manage risk effectively are in place and are working in an integrated and well co-ordinated way.


  • This group is aiming to achieve best strategic influence by:
    • ensuring representation and/or written contribution to key influential groups
    • producing briefing papers for use with key audiences
    • influencing the development of new initiatives to safeguard and ensure effective public proection, including Police Crime Commissioners
  • Working properly to match expectations in respect of managing risk with resources specifically with:
    • SBC specifications including the SBC Managing Custodial Sentence, Release on Licence and Supervision on Licence
    • NOMS Commissioning Intentions document
    • Strategy for Approved Premises
    • The implications of Probation Review and subsequent Community Sentence Review
  • Establishing good media links and promoting probation risk practice positively by:
    • working with PCA Executive to establish good media links and to identify key positive professional messages that can be actively promoted
  • Developing strong partnerships with key agencies by:
    • identifying key agencies and developing strong linkages with relevant personnel
    • identifying and influencing best outcomes for public protection in co-commissioning with key agencies, incuding the development of new personality disorder services
    • identifying opportunities to influence strategic developments / advising of impact of change.
  • Developing strong partnership with local Probation Trusts by:
    • establishing a two-way communication network with local Trusts that informs, receives and reviews relevant information
    • developing an understanding with local Trusts on when/how and what public comments/statements will be made by the PCA in respect of specific risk situations
  • Developing an understanding of Trusts work on victims by:
    • promoting a positive image of Trusts work with victims
    • working with MOJ to ensure development of Restorative Justice provides positive outcomes for victims and a reduction in risk

Read the PCA Position Statement – Approved Premises

Read the PCA Risk of Harm/ Offender Assessment System

Read the PCA – Position Statement – Mental Health

Read the PCA – Counter Terrorism – International and Domestic