Newsletter 1 May 2013

We understand that the Government response to the Transforming Justice proposals will be published in the next week or two.  You will see below that we continue to press our points and concerns about the proposals with Ministers as well as with others.  And we will of course do so when the MoJ plans are finally published.   The PCA Council meeting on 17 May will be looking at, in particular, how PCA, working with others as appropriate, could help support the Association’s membership through the challenging period ahead.

World Congress of Probation: Perspectives on Community Justice

In October 2013, CEP (European Organisation for Probation) will launch the first World Congress on Probation (WCP). The Congress is a new initiative to bring together practitioners and those with an interest in probation and community justice from across the globe to share their knowledge and experience. The Congress will provide participants with the opportunity to examine and discuss new and changing probation practices, with the overarching principle of changing lives and behaviours.

The Congress will be run in partnership with the National Offender Management Service, the Probation Chiefs AssociationLondon Probation Trust, and West Yorkshire Probation Trust and will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London, UK – an excellent location to receive guests from around the world.

Event Details

8-10 October 2013, London, UK

Important note: Deadline for registration is 9 September 2013!

Useful Links:

 Programme Provisional programme  (pdf) Venue Accomodation

World Congress on Probation

The Justice Secretary’s Speech at the Centre for Social Justice


Today, Tuesday 20 November, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, gave a speech  which outlined how the Government wants to reform parts of the criminal justice system.  In particular he focused extending the role of the private, voluntary and charity sector in helping rehabilitate and resettle offenders and reducing re-offending.

PCA response to Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on transitions into adulthood in the criminal justice system


The PCA has responded to the CJJI Report:  “Transitions: An inspection of the transition arrangements from youth to adult services in the CJS” (11th Oct 2012). The transition from being a young person to a mature adult is complex, with individuals having different levels of emotional intelligence, mental maturity and parental support. Continue reading here…