Inquiries and reviews
Risk of harm inquiries and serious further offence reviews
We have carried out ad hoc independent reviews of Serious Further Offence cases – i.e. cases where an offender under probation or YOT supervision commits a serious further offence – at the request of Ministers.
In particular, during the course of 2005/2006 we carried out three independent reviews of SFO cases, each of which attracted considerable publicity:
Peter Williams, supervised by Nottingham City Youth Offending Team published in September 2005
Damien Hanson and Elliot White, supervised by London Probation Area published in February 2006
Anthony Rice, supervised by Hampshire Probation Area published in May 2006
We also provide advice to NOMS HQ on the handling of their reviews of SFO cases.
We also carry out other Risk of Harm inquiries relating to particular cases.
- In March 2007 we published Not Locked up but Subject to Rules the report of an inquiry requested by the Home Secretary following a Panorama programme in November 2006 about the supervision of offenders in approved premises (hostels) in Bristol.
- On 27 March 2008 we published Turning Good Intentions into Good Practice: an inquiry into developments in the multi-agency management of Risk of Harm in Gwent. This is the report of an inquiry into developments in the management of Risk of Harm in Gwent since the Craig Sweeney case in early 2006.
- On 4 July 2008 we published On the Right Road: an inquiry into developments in the multi-agency management of Risk of Harm in London. This is the report of an inquiry into developments in the management of Risk of Harm in London since the Gary Chester-Nash case in 2005.
- We carried out inspection work in London at the request of the then Justice Secretary in 2009 because of questions arising from the NOMS review of the Dano Sonnex case. Following an interim report in June 2009, in November 2009 we published the full report of the first set of case inspections “Risk of Harm Inspection Report: A Stalled Journey. An inquiry into the management of offenders’ Risk of Harm to others by London Probation”. In this connection we carried out a second set of case inspections of public protection work in London in July 2010, and the report of this “Risk of Harm Inspection Report: Getting There Now – A follow-up inquiry into the management of offenders’ Risk of Harm to others by London Probation Trust” was published in October 2010.