Newsletter 17 May 2013

Dear PCA member

This edition reports, in particular, on the Government’s plans  for Transforming Rehabilitation and the PCA’s communication work over the past few days to make sure that our views and concerns are understood within the media and stakeholders more broadly.

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Newsletter 11 April 2013

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Following the Easter break we have a packed edition of the PCA Newsletter.

The Transforming Justice Proposals continue to pre-occupy Trusts and of course PCA.  We continue to present our views to a wide range of stakeholders, including later in April with the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling, and at the All-Party Parliamentary Penal Affairs Group. We understand that the Government’s response to the Consultation is planned to be published mid-May.

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Newsletter 19 March 2013

Dear PCA member

Welcome to the ‘new look’ PCA Newsletter.  Over the past 18 months we used an internet based e-mail service. This was inflexible, hard to use and prone to text errors.  With  the development of the PCA’s website and our own server we are switching to emailing you direct.  We hope this will work better and of course be easier to read through Trust web browsers.  Tell us what you think.

In this edition we bring you up to date with the PCA Conference, held on 14/15 March.  The conference was attended by around 220 persons and was a key opportunity to discuss the MoJ’s consultation paper on Transforming Justice and the PCA/PA joint response.  You will find below links to plenary and workshop presentations and speeches.

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Newsletter 22 February 2013

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In this edition you will find links to the joint PCA/PA response – posted today on the PCA website – to the MoJ’s consultation paper on Transforming Justice. Also an updated version of the March  2013 PCA conference Programme.  The Conference this year will provide a key opportunity to hear from the Minister and to discuss the MoJ’s plans for reforming probation.  With over 200 delegates already registered it promises to be a busy event, looking at the challenging issues for the future shape of probation.

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Newsletter 10 January 2013

Dear PCA member

Yesterday saw the publication of the Government’s proposals for probation reform.  These  can be read here.  The PCA has responded vigorously about both the need to preserve the integrity of offender management and the importance of maintaining local links to partner agencies. More detail on the PCA website here.   We have arranged for a meeting of the PCA Council with the Minister on 22 January. There is now a 6 week consultation period and PCA working with PA will be submitting a full response to the proposals.   The Conference will also be a key opportunity, so please register before 19 January if at all possible, to help ensure accommodation and to keep down the costs.

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Newsletter 20 December 2012

In this Edition:
1. Probation Reform
2. Changes to the PCA Executive
3. PCA Annual Progress Report
4. PCA Conference
5. Updated Portfolio group leads
6. New ICT Portfolio Lead
7. Offender Engagement Research Bulletin
8. Effectiveness of community order requirements for offenders with an OASYS assessment
9. The Inaugural Community Payback Competition – the London Story’

Newsletter 30 November 2012

Dear PCA member

The latest news and updates from PCA.  Please note in particular that we have now opened registration for the next PCA Conference in March 2013.  Please register early to help with our planning and to keep costs down.

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PCA Conference

Registration for the PCA 2013 Annual Conference has now opened. You can register either on-line via the PCA Website where you will have to sign in to the the members area to get the members prices or, if you have difficulties using the website, you can email the conference account. To find out more go here about registering for the conference and to view a preliminary programme.

New PCA lead for Payment by Results

We are very pleased to let you know that, following the recent recruitment, Stuart MacDonald, Business Director, Norfolk and Suffolk PT will be the new PCA lead on Payment by Results.  Given the Government’s plans this is likely to be a large and busy area of business.  Stuart will, no doubt, be in touch as the PCA’s approach is developed and refined.  We wish him well in this important role.

8th CEP Conference on Electronic Monitoring in Europe, 8-10 November 2012, Balsta, Sweden

Yvette Ball was a member of the planning group and attended the  Conference as the PCA EM portfolio lead.  It was very well supported by 200 delegates from across Europe and worldwide including Japan, Colombia, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand, USA and others.  CEP, the European Organisation for Probation, led the conference with generous sponsorship from G4S, Serco and 3M.
The theme of the Conference was ‘Towards a Gold Standard in the Practice of Electronic Monitoring’  and included a workshop on creating a statement for the Council of Europe on the scope, definition and aspects of usage of EM for adoption across the region.  Speakers covered a wide range of topics including innovation in EM technology, operational practice,  research, private versus public sector delivery, crime victims with special reference to domestic abuse and developments in Australia, the USA and the Netherlands.
There was a choice of seven workshops which focused on specific aspects such as the use of EM to increase compliance, satellite tracking of persistent and prolific offenders, tagging in open prisons, transdermal alcohol monitoring, tracking of sex and domestic violence offenders in France and Portugal etc.  All the speakers’ presentations can be found on the CEP website .  For further information, please contact: or Yvette.ball@localhost

Transition to Adulthood Alliance Report

The Barrow Cadbury Trust, have asked the PCA to share with the membership a report from the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) on brain injury and the implications for criminal justice. Repairing Shattered Lives: Brain injury and its implications for criminal justice, written by Professor Huw Williams of Exeter University, explains the connection between acquired brain injury (ABI) and increased contact between children, young people and young adults with criminal justice processes, with a particular focus on the impact of ABI upon developmental maturity.

ARCOIP Newsletter

ARCOIP, the association for retired chief officer grades in probation maintains an important network for those who have been at the forefront of developments in probation over the years. There is a social side to the network but there is still a keen interest in what is happening to probation and in social and criminal justice amongst old colleagues, who can at times still make their voices heard.  Read the latest newsletter here.

If you, or any one you know might be interested in joining ARCOIP joint Secretaries Roger Statham and Howard Lockwood would be delighted to hear from you. Their contact details can be found in the ARCOIP newsletter.

Thames Valley Chief Executive

It is with great pleasure that the PCA can announce that Paul Gillbard has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Thames Valley Probation Trust after acting in the role since Gerry Marshall retired. The PCA would like to wish Paul every success in his role.

Newsletter 21 November 2012

Dear PCA member

This is a special edition newsletter. Its aim is to bring PCA members up-to-date with the recent announcements by MoJ Ministers on criminal justice reform and payment by results including the speech at the Centre for Social Justice on 20 November by Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The briefing is available here. We have invited Jeremy Wright MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, to the next PCA Council, on 30 November, providing an opportunity to discuss the planned reforms and PCA’s concerns. We expect decisions about the reforms to be taken over the course of the next few months and we will,from time to time, use special edition newsletters to keep you informed. You can give feedback at feedback@localhost.

Savas Hadjipavlou
PCA Business Director

Newsletter 8 November 2012

Dear PCA member

Continuing with the theme of increasing access to the PCA newsletter, you can also read the current and previous issues on the PCA website. The links are available on the home page. Feel free to browse!

In this edition:

Newsletter 24th October 2012

Many congratulations to Merseyside PT on winning the BQF UK Excellence Award. The first ever public sector agency to be a finalist for this award. This well deserved recognition, continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of probation at a time when Ministers have barely mentioned probation in recent speeches.  More detail is on the PCA Website.

1. Meeting with the Minister
2. Professional Register Scoping Study
3. Executive Director Positions
4. PCA Annual Conference – bids for workshops
5. PCA Public Protection Group – Parole Board
6. PCA Restorative Justice Portfolio Update
7. Deaths in Probation
8. Volunteers and Mentors in Reducing Re-offending conference
9. PbR Portfolio Lead advert
10. New Learning from Serious Case Reviews
11. RR3 (Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group) – Justice Policy Group Update October 2012