Inspection of adult offending work: Merseyside working well to prevent reoffending
Merseyside Probation Trust’s work with adults who had offended was of a good standard, said Liz Calderbank, Chief Inspector of Probation, publishing the report of a recent inspection of Merseyside Probation Trust.
Inspectors were pleased to find that:
- work to deliver the sentence of the court was effective;
- individuals were seen regularly and work was undertaken with them in accordance with their sentence plan;
- a range of interventions was delivered to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, supported by effective work with other organisations at a strategic level;
- more than two-thirds of individuals under supervision had made progress in tackling the most significant factors associated with their likelihood of reoffending;
- the Trust was working well with partners in public protection work and had been actively trying to improve the quality of risk of harm work in individual cases; and
- victim contact work was undertaken appropriately.
However, inspectors were concerned to find that:
- alcohol misuse was nearly always taken into account sufficiently in assessments, but interventions to address the problem were not delivered in one-quarter of relevant cases;
- further attention needed to be given to the quality of the initial serious harm screening and the completion and quality of risk management plans, where required; and
- there was insufficient evidence of effective management scrutiny in nearly half of the cases classified as posing a high risk of serious harm or where there were child protection issues.
‘We found a good standard of work undertaken with adults who had offended. We were impressed by the positive way both managers and staff engaged in the inspection process and were clearly keen to learn from our findings. Our inspection report contains a number of recommendations addressing our concerns that are designed to promote the necessary improvements.’
Notes to editors:
1. View the report.