PCA Media round up following Government’s announcement of ‘Transforming Rehabilitation: a strategy for reform’


Following the Government’s announcement on 9 May of ‘Transforming Rehabilitation; a strategy for reform,’ the Probation Chiefs Association voiced serious concerns that the reforms pose risks to public protection through service fragmentation, and the dismantling of a currently high performing public probation service structure and effective local partnerships. Below is a roundup of media coverage which specifically featured the PCA:

Channel 4 News focused on how the reforms could dismantle established and successful Integrated Offender Management schemes through removing local Probation Trusts as core partners. The footage was filmed in Avon & Sommerset and featured Sally Lewis, PCA portfolio lead for IOM , the local police force, a current service user and the local Police & Crime Commissioner;

Sue Hall, PCA Chair also featured on the BBC 1 news piece covering the story. The PCA was also represented on the BBC website story ‘Payment by results plan for offender supervision under fire’; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22452239

On radio, the PCA spokespersons Sonia Crozier, Sarah Billiald, Savas Hadjipavlou, John Budd and Sue Hall voiced their concerns on the BBC Today Programme, Radio 5 Live Breakfast, local radio stations across the country, and on international radio.

The Evening Standard article ‘Probation Chiefs slam shakeup plan’ featured Sarah Billiald, PCA Communications lead;

The PCA featured in the Guardian articles ‘Ministers accused of dismantling probation service’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/09/ministers-accused-dismantling-probation-service?CMP=twt_fd
And in ‘public service probation trusts to become public service mutuals’;

The Independent also featured the PCA in the article ‘Risking public safety; probation chiefs vent fury at payment on results private sector shakeup’ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/risking-public-safety-probation-chiefs-vent-fury-at-payments-on-results-private-sector-shakeup-8608859.html

For the PCA’s immediate comments concerning the Transforming Rehabilitation strategy, please see here..

For all media enquires, please call the PCA media phone on 020 3657 7844


BBC Documentary showcases Probation staff’s skills


Tonight’s documentary, Out of Jail and on the Streets (BBC 1, 10.35pm), demonstrates the excellent skills of Probation staff in protecting the public and rehabilitating offenders.The Probation Chiefs Association is concerned that the Government’s reforms set out in ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ will undermine some of the best practice highlighted in this film. Continue reading here…

Probation work showcases in new BBC1 documentary, 5th February


For the first time, the probation service has opened its door to a documentary film maker, in the one-hour programme, Out of Jail and On the Streets, which airs on BBC 1 on Tuesday 5th February, 2013 at 10.35pm. The film follows the personal stories of four Surrey & Sussex probation officers. Continue reading here…

Probation Chiefs respond to The Times article about ‘privatising probation’

Probation OfficeThe PCA is quoted in The Times newspaper today (14 November 2011) in an article about the probation review. The article by Richard Ford, Home Correspondent, suggests full privatisation of probation is one of a series of options being considered in a ministerial review currently underway into the service.

The Probation Chiefs Association welcomes today’s Make Justice Work report

Community workRead the PCA statement from Heather Munro in response to the Make Justice Work report. In the wake of the report, also read about BBC News home editor Mark Easton’s visit to Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust to look at its approach in dealing with drug and alcohol issues, broadcast on this evening’s 6pm BBC News. For Mark Easton’s positive commentary on community sentences.

The Probation Chiefs Association’s response to Daily Mail Story – ‘Criminals? No, they’re customers’

PCA Chair Sue Hall, Chief Executive of West Yorkshire Probation, writes:

Daily Mail journalist Steve Doughty criticises Heather Munro, the Chief Executive of London Probation, for suggesting an approach that considers offenders as a ‘customer group’, which gives them the ‘chance to speak about their needs’.