1 February 2013 – PCA/NOMs workshop; Evaluating the Reflective Supervision Model, and what this means for senior managers

The workshop will raise awareness of reflective practice in promoting an offender engagement culture to reduce reoffending.  Paul Turnbull, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London, will be the key speaker. Invitations have been sent via Chief Executives of Probation Trusts, and circulated around NOMs and the MoJ. If you would like to attend, please contact ben.ritchie@localhost

Snapshot of Probation Services in England & Wales –2012

  • There are 35 Probation Trusts in England & Wales. Each Trust has responsibility for the management of offenders and ex-offenders serving intervention programmes and sentences in the community, and giving pre-sentencing advice to courts.
  • As of the last count in June 2012, Probation Trusts were managing a combined total caseload of 230,736. Of this total, 120,323 cases were serving court orders, and 111,735 were being managed pre/post release1.
  • The total budget devolved to the 35 Probation Trusts was £820m in 2011/12. It has been steadily reducing from a high of £914m in 2008/9. The average cost per offender supervised on license post-custody was £2380, and the average cost per offender supervised on a community order/suspended sentence was £4135. The average cost of Probation Trusts producing a pre-sentence report was £2152
  • As of the 30th September 2012, there was a total of 16,710 full time staff and management employed by Probation Trusts. 89.3% of these were working in an offender related function (approx 45% in community supervision, 13% accredited programmes and 9% unpaid supervision, 6% approved premises, 3% pre-sentence court advice, 2% resettlement teams). The remaining 10% of staff work in corporate services3.
  • Reconviction rates for those on Community Orders or suspended sentence orders managed by probation have continued to fall steadily across England and Wales. The proven reoffending rate for the 2010 cohort stands at 34.1%, down 0.3% compared to the previous 12 months and down 3.7& since 20004.
  • Britain’s Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are recognised and respected internationally for their effective management of high risk offenders. Through probation working under Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements with the Police and Prisons (MAPPA), only 1% of offenders managed by MAPPA commit a serious further offence.5
  1. MoJ Offender Management Statistics Quarterly Bulletin (Apr-June 2012) http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/oms-quarterly
  2. MoJ Probation Trusts Unit Costs 2011-12http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/prison-probation/probation-workforce-stats/probation-trust-unit-costs-tables-11-12.pdf
  3. MoJ Probation service workforce information summary report; quarterly 2 2012-13http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/prison-probation/probation-workforce-stats/probation-workforce-report-q2-2012-13-staff.pdf
  4. MoJ Proven re-offending quarterly, Jan-Dec 2010http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/statistics/reoffending/proven-reoffending-jan10-dec10.pdf
  5. MoJ Multi-agency public protection arrangements annual reporthttp://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/mappa

Health & Wellbeing Boards and offender health needs

Some questions that this forum may wish to consider:
– How should Probation Trusts engage with HWBs to best ensure that the needs of offenders and ex-offenders are factored into  thesetting of local health and wellbeing priorites?

-What practical actions will HWBs be able to take to strategically prioritise the allocation of accessible services towards offenders in the community?
-How should HWBs assess/measure the impact of their actions in terms of both reducing health inequalities and making the local community safer?
-What data should PTs feed in to HWBs when they develop their Local JSNAs?
-How are partnerships and HWBs being structured in your local area?

Please feel free to enter this forum and post your opinions.

PCA response to Policy Exchange’s report on electronic monitoring


The Probation Chiefs Association welcomes Policy Exchange’s report on the use of electronic monitoring of offenders. The PCA believes there is the potential to use electronic monitoring more effectively to monitor and rehabilitate offenders, and welcomes the critical appraisal of current delivery arrangements that Policy Exchange has provided. Continue reading here….

PCA Response to the Howard League for Penal Reform’s research into death of Offenders under Probation Supervision


The PCA welcomes the Howard League for Penal Reform’s research into the death of offenders under probation supervision.
In particular, the PCA notes that offenders are at a higher risk of death, have high rates of drugs and alcohol misuse, along with mental health problems.
Probation takes great care in assessing an offender’s health, welfare and needs, whilst continuing to effectively manage their rehabilitation and risk to the public. Continue reading here….