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 to the Future of Probation:’ Registration for PCA Conference 2014 now open


PCA are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual Conference, which will take place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on 24 January.

This year’s Conference, entitled Looking to the Future of Probation, is organised against the backdrop of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reforms, with a dynamic mix of plenary sessions and workshops designed to explore how things will work under the future arrangements, and we welcome attendance from individuals from other interested organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Jeremy Wright, Minister for Prisons & Probation, is expected to speak, and there will be an opportunity to hear a perspective from the office of HM Inspectorate of Probation.  Alongside this, we will be discussing the development of the Probation Institute, a joint venture between PCA, PA, NAPO and UNISON, and explore the scope and purpose that the Institute will have in the new world.

The latest version of the Conference Programme, which includes details of all the workshops and plenary sessions, can be viewed here

As with previous Conferences, we aim to make this event self-financing, and the cost of attending is set at £200.

Please contact Catherine Sinclair-Jones (pcaadmin@localhost) to register your application for a place on this Conference.  Spaces are limited, and we would urge you to register early to avoid disappointment.

PCA Workshop: Integrated Offender Management Research and Practice

Probation Trusts are prime partners in the wide variety of IOM schemes which have been established across the country, working closely with police and other public, voluntary and private sector partners to protect the public and reduce reoffending.  Early research evaluating the effectiveness of different IOM schemes is now emerging, and promising practices which could be scaled up are being identified.

PCA Workshop: Probation Research and Practice

We would like to invite you to attend a PCA workshop on the future of probation research and practice on the 10 December in Darlington at Durham & Tees Valley Probation Trust.
The workshop would be particularly suitable for those involved in the commissioning and undertaking research projects, and implementing research findings to improve probation practice.