Probation Chiefs Association set to close


Members of the Council of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA) will be meeting on Friday 14 November to vote on a resolution for the PCA to be closed down and for its resources to transfer to the Probation Institute.   Continue reading →

PCA submission to Sentencing Council’s consultation on theft offence guidelines


The PCA portfolio group on Sentencing has made a written submission to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on the guidelines for theft offences. Continue reading here.. 

Probation Trust service termination, 1 June 2014


From today, 1 June 2014, the 35 Probation Trusts in England and Wales will be succeeded by 21 Community rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and a National Probation Service. At the conclusion of the current competition successful private or voluntary sector bidders are expected to take over the running of the CRCs from early 2015.

The PCA has voiced its views and concerns about the plans being implemented. Other organisations, too, have expressed their concerns, including the Public Accounts Committee and the Justice Select Committee.

It is clear that as this critical milestone passes, there remain considerable concerns and uncertainties linked to this radical change programme. The PCA will continue to monitor the position and make informed and objective comment about progress over the coming year.

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PCA Chief Executive writes for Guardian on “huge opportunity” missed by probation reforms


Savas Hadjipavlou, Chief Executive of the Probation Chiefs Association, has commented on the “missed opportunity” of the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation strategy in an article published by the Guardian.  Continue reading →

Probation reforms questioned by Public Accounts Committee


The Public Accounts Committee’s latest report: Probation – Landscape Review has evaluated the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation proposals and identified “significant risks” to the probation service.   Continue reading →

PCA submission to Government’s Review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System


The Probation Chiefs Association (PCA) have submitted their written response to the Government’s Review of Veterans within the Criminal Justice System.

The Government review, led by Rory Stewart MP, has asked for recommendations on how to improve support for the rehabilitative needs of ex-service personnel convicted of criminal offences.

The PCA’s response highlights good practice currently undertaken by Probation Trusts when working with partners to address the needs of the veteran cohort, and makes recommendations to help mitigate some of the potential risks to targeted support for veterans created by the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

Read the full PCA submission on the link below:
Veterans Review – PCA submission

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Howard League campaigns to reverse Government ban on families sending books to prisoners


The Howard League for Penal Reform has today launched a campaign to reverse a Ministry of Justice Prison Service Instruction banning family and friends from sending books and other essentials to prisoners.

The Probation Chiefs Association agrees with the Howard League that this Instruction unnecessarily creates a barrier between prisoners and their families. Family support is often an essential element in promoting the rehabilitation of those who have entered the criminal justice system, and easy access to books will contribute to the goals of improving literacy and education among prisoners.

More about the Howard League’s campaign can be found at

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‘Watershed moment for probation’ as Probation Institute launched


PCA are pleased to announce that the Probation Institute is now well and truly open for business, following the official launch by the President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, on Friday 21 March at the Royal College of Surgeons.  Continue reading →

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National Audit Office report reviews current probation landscape


On 5 March, 2014 the National Audit Office (NAO) published Probation: a landscape review, which summarises their audit of the existing arrangements for probation and raises issues concerning the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reform plans to radically restructure probation service delivery.

The NAO report states that “the probation service has been performing effectively.”  It acknowledges HM Inspectorate of Probation’s findings of good standards and practice in probation trusts, and that the National Offender Management Service’s own rating system recently awarded all probation trusts with good or exceptional performance. The NAO’s audit of probation trust accounts for 2012-13 “found no material weaknesses,” and notes that re-offending rates for those serving community orders under probation has fallen from 39.9 per cent in 2003 to 34.1 per cent in the year to March 2010.

The PCA has warned that the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, which entail abolishing probation trusts and outsourcing 80% of their work to private companies, risk the deterioration of current high levels of performance of probation services. The NAO report identifies increased risks to operational performance during the upheaval, and raises the issue over how risk would be managed in the event of market or supplier failure.

Such a dip in performance would present unacceptable risks to public safety, taxpayers’ money and the effectiveness of community rehabilitation. As the Government proceeds to implement its reforms, the PCA believes it vital for the Government to ensure all systems are fully tested and safe before ‘going live,’ and that careful consideration is given over how the quality, skills and ethos of the profession is sustained in the future.

The NAO review follows a critical examination of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme by the Justice Select Committee in its Interim Report, which is referenced and briefly discussed in this Landscape report.

On the 11th March, the Offender Rehabilitation Bill returns to the House of Lords. The Public Accounts Committee will hold an evidence session on the NAO report on the 12 March at 2pm.

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