Newsletter 2 October 2013

Dear PCA member

We have here a round-up of the latest on the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme.  Also a report back from the party conferences.

As in the previous newsletter I want to draw particular attention to the arrangements for next year’s PCA Conference, on 23- 24 January 2014 in Manchester. So make sure it is in your dairy and we expect to be opening registration at the end of October.

And again a reminder that the PCA Executive would like to invite applications from PCA members for three vacancies on the Executive Board: A Director vacancy, to be filled by Associate Members at PCA,  at Trust ACO/Director level, and two co-opted vacancies to be filled by members at any level, CEO,  or ACO/Director. No remuneration is payable to Directors or co-opted members, however expenses reasonably incurred on PCA business, will be reimbursed.  If you wish to be considered please send me (savas.hadjipavlou@localhost) a short statement in support of your application verifying also that the application  has the support of the Trust Chief Executive or Chair as appropriate.  Applications should reach me by 11 October please.  If you would like to discuss the roles please get in touch.

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Newsletter 12 September 2013

Dear PCA member

This edition again covers quite  arrange of issues.  I want to draw particular attention to the arrangements for next year’s PCA Conference. We have now set the date (23- 24 January 2014) and the place (Manchester). So make sure it’s in your dairy!  We welcome of course ideas and suggestions for the Conference Programme which we will be putting together in the next couple of months.

Also, the PCA Executive would like to invite applications from PCA members for three vacancies on the Executive Board: A Director vacancy, to be filled by Associate Members at PCA,  at Trust ACO/Director level, and two co-opted vacancies to be filled by members at any level, CEO,  or ACO/Director. No remuneration is payable to Directors or co-opted members, however expenses reasonably incurred on PCA business, will be reimbursed.  If you wish to be considered please send me (savas.hadjipavlou@localhost) a short statement in support of your application verifying also that the application  has the support of the Trust Chief Executive or Chair as appropriate.  Applications should reach me by 11 October please.  If you would like to discuss the roles please get in touch.

Newsletter 30 July 2013

Dear PCA member

Please see below a packed summer edition of the PCA Newsletter.

Work here at PCA continues unabated. We continue to represent the probation professional standpoint, ensuring that the expertise of probation practitioners continues to feed in to the design of new Transforming Rehabilitation processes. There have been a number of workshops over the past month attended by volunteers from trusts. We hope to be able to feed back from these events in forthcoming newsletters.

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PCA Chief Executive

Newsletter 10 July 2013

Dear PCA member

In this edition, along with the usual update on the probation reforms, we bring you news of the continuing good work being done by front line probation staff, the winners and finalists of the Probation Awards 2013.

Please note also the opportunity to help shape PCA policy, with a vacancy for the portfolio lead on Electronic Monitoring and Curfews.

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Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

Newsletter 27 June 2013

Dear PCA member

In this edition we bring, in particular, latest news on the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme. A recent development has been the creation by the MoJ of the Transforming Rehabilitation Consultative Forum,(TRCF), which has PCA, PA, NAPO and Unison representation. The Forum provides an opportunity for the PCA and other stakeholders to hear at an early stage of the MoJ’s plans and to be able to feed in our views on various aspects of the implementation programme, particularly HR. Links to the minutes of the first meeting and terms of reference can be found below

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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.

MoJ Analytical Service reports show importance of Probation Practice and Skills to Reduce Re-offending

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The Ministry of Justice Analytical Services have published two Analytical Summary reports showing how important professional probation practice is at reducing re-offending.

The first report, Does Supervision After Release From Prison Reduce Re-offending?, shows that those sentenced to under 12 months in custody, who currently receive no probation supervision upon release,  are more likely to re-offend than those who receive mandatory probation supervision during a period of licence upon release.

The second report, Reducing Reoffending by Offenders on Community Orders; Preliminary findings from the Offender Management Community Cohort study, highlights the importance of building positive relationships with the offender manager to reoffending rates and behaviour patterns.

Savas Hadijpavlou, Probation Chiefs Association spokesperson, said: “Short-term prisoners currently have no probation intervention and the highest rates of re-offending. The Government is making changes so that all prisoners are subject to a combination of community supervision and licence lasting at least 12 months from release. We would encourage the Government to work with the probation profession to help safely implement their proposals to extend probation supervision to the ‘under 12 month’ cohort, and build upon probation’s best practice and skills.”

The Offender Management Cohort Study highlights how important the relationship between the offender and probation officer is at reducing re-offending. We believe that the creation of a Probation & Offender Rehabilitation Institute would maintain and develop these important skills and practices, by upholding a set of professional standards that all providers of probation services could follow, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and research over ‘what works’. The PCA are working with a wide range of stakeholders to explore the creation of such an Institute”

PCA AND PA SUBMIT THEIR JOINT RESPONSE TO TRANSFORMING JUSTICE

The PCA and PA have  submitted their joint response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper on Transforming Justice.  “The Government would be taking unnecessary risks with public protection, would damage local partnerships with other essential services and be trying to do too much too soon with its proposals” said Sebert Cox, Chairman of the PA and Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA.

The Government’s proposals to reform probation services are too ambitious for the time-scale envisaged and have fundamental design problems, say the Probation Association and the Probation Chiefs Association.The joint PCA and PA statement is here. The full response is available here