Dear PCA member
Following the May Council we welcome to the PCA Executive Nick Smart, CEO Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust who was elected as Director and Vice Chair. John Budd, who has served as Vice Chair for the past three years, will also continue as Director and Vice Chair for a further year.
PCA is continuing to represent the views of probation professionals, in meetings with Ministers and with other influential organisations. Latest news are reported below.
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- Government Reforms
- PCA-ACEVO Roundtable – Transforming Rehabilitation and implications for Public-
- Voluntary sector market participation
- PCA/LGA Workshop; Community Budgets and Probation, 14 June, Manchester
- Learning to Change
- PCA celebrates National Volunteers Week
PCA and PA jointly met with Jeremy Wright, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Justice on 5 June. We discussed a range of issues with the MoJ’s Programme ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’. In particular our continuing concerns about the Operating Model of case management between the National public probation service and the contracted sector, the Programme Timetable, and the need to secure probation standards, through the development of a Probation Institute. Ministers have given an undertaking in the Government Response, published on 9 May 2013 (Transforming Rehabilitation strategy) to work with the profession in developing such an Institute. The PCA and PA offered to put forward proposals soon, and the Minister welcomed our initiative.
The Offender Rehabilitation Bill is now in Committee Stage in the House of Lords. This Bill provides for the post-release supervision of offenders serving prisons sentences of less than 12 months, and also for extended supervision for those sentenced to less than two years. The debate on 5 June of the latest amendments can be found here.
The MoJ has published a paper setting out a proposal for the payment mechanism, ‘Straw Man’, setting out how they would intend to pay for the contracted out elements of the Rehabilitation Programme. The PCA intends to submit a response to this document, joint with PA. If you wish to share your comments with us, to inform our response, please do so through feedback@localhost
PCA-ACEVO Roundtable – Transforming Rehabilitation and implications for Public-Voluntary sector market participation
On the 28 May, the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) held a high level roundtable between a representation of our respective memberships, to discuss the implications of the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation strategy for the delivery of offender management and rehabilitation services in the community by public and voluntary sector providers.
The roundtable thought it critical that any new service delivery landscape is able to utilise and sustain the quality, professionalism and values built up across the public and voluntary sectors, but identified significant barriers affecting future public-voluntary sector participation. Following the roundtable, a joint PCA-ACEVO letter was sent to the Secretary of State for Justice and the Cabinet Office urging for greater clarity and support in the policy environment and procurement process to facilitate meaningful opportunities for joint public-voluntary ventures. A summary report of the roundtable will be circulated shortly.
PCA/LGA Workshop; Community Budgets and Probation, 14 June, Manchester
We would like to invite all those interested to a joint PCA/LGA workshop evaluating the contribution that Probation has made to the Whole Place Community Budget pilots, and how probation and offender rehabilitation services should in the future engage in such local partnership initiatives in light of the Government’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reforms.
The workshop will hear from those involved in the Whole Place Community Budget pilots, identifying the early successes and challenges experienced by Probation and Criminal Justice Agencies across different pilot regions. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to discuss how the Government’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reform plans could interact with local partnership initiatives such as community budgets, and what actions are needed to ensure that localism is incorporated into the outcomes of any such reform.
The workshop will take place on from 10.15-15.30 on Friday 14 June at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA The workshop is free to attend but we are not able to meet any individual travel or other expenses. For more information and to reserve places, please contact Ben Ritchie at ben.ritchie@localhost or 03000 480 268. We very much hope that you will be able to attend.
Learning to Change
Change is a constant challenge for probation delivery. Within the field of community corrections Paul Gendreau and others have identified that ’implementation failure’ is prevalent. Success, which energises practitioners and engages offenders, needs to be recognised, celebrated and learnt from.
Two recently published studies, by Stuart McPhillips and Andrew Underdown, provide insights into probation changes to learn and share what factors contributed to success.
‘I Wanted to make it Work’ is based upon interviews with probation staff who were involved in delivering policy initiatives and developments in community correctional practice during the period 1998-2010. The study aimed to capture, learn and share from the experience of implementation – to identify factors at work and what contributed to success or failure. The findings identified valuable learning, about management, policy and practice. The report is available on Sheffield Hallam University, Community Justice Portal (www.cjp.org.uk).
‘A Collaborative Approach’, commissioned by the MoJ Offender Engagement Programme, looks at the contribution of change managers working across organisational boundaries to successfully delivering operational changes. Their learning can have relevance to those seeking to work collaboratively across organisations to design and deliver changes. The report is available on the NPS Intranet (http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk )
Both reports are available from the authors who would be pleased to discuss their findings or have dialogue with colleagues interested in implementation and change management in this field. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com
PCA celebrates National Volunteers Week
To mark National Volunteers Week at the start of June, the PCA published some success stories of Trusts working with mentors and volunteers to help rehabilitate offenders in the community (http://localhost/2013/06/06/were-celebrating-national-volunteers-week/).
Staffordshire and West Midlands has also recently held a national volunteers conference with over 160 attendees. The day featured a keynote speech by Liz Calderbank, Chief Inspector of Probation and Jeremy Wright MP, Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation. Liz Calderbank said volunteers have a meaningful role in the rehabilitation of offenders and should be congratulated for their work. She outlined that probation volunteers can support the bridge to successful desistance with well planned supervision and exit strategies. She also said that while they have a key role to play they should not be seen as a substitute for probation staff.
Highlights at the conference also included speeches by Christine Lloyd of Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust, She received an award from Jeremy Wright after completing over 1,000 hours of work with offenders. The day ended on a high note with a final input from Andrew Framcos, an ex-offender who is now a mentor for Hertfordshire Probation Trust.