Inspection of adult offending work: Hampshire working well to protect the public
Hampshire Probation Trust’s work with adults who had offended was of a high standard overall, said Liz Calderbank, Chief Inspector of Probation, publishing the report of a recent inspection of Hampshire Probation Trust.
Inspectors were pleased to find that:
- court reports were generally good and sentencers were satisfied with the level of service they received from probation staff
- offenders were encouraged to engage with their sentences from the outset, through timely, full and individualised inductions
- initial assessments and plans were sound
- a range of interventions was provided that encouraged individuals to take responsibility for their actions and to maintain a focus on their offending behaviour
- work to manage the risk of harm posed by those who had offended was effective, with some positive outcomes achieved
- victim liaison work was of good quality.
However, inspectors also found that:
- greater clarity was needed about when individual cases would be reviewed and why: reviews of assessments and plans were not given high enough priority
- more home visiting needed to take place for those who presented a high risk of harm or where there were child safeguarding concerns
- not all risk management plans addressed the risk to specific victims, including potential victims.
- The report is available at www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmi-probation
- This inspection of adult offending work in Hampshire was undertaken as part of HMI Probation’s Inspection of Adult Offending Work programme that started in April 2013 and will cover all geographical areas in England and Wales.
- These inspections focus on issues not subject to other forms of external scrutiny: work to reduce the likelihood of reoffending, the management and minimisation of risk of harm to the public, delivery of the court sentence effectively and providing a service to courts and victims.
- For further information or to request an interview, please contact Jane Parsons in HMI Probation press office on 020 7035 2123 or 07880 787452.