Inspection of adult offending work: a mixed picture in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Probation Trust had made some improvements in their work with adults who had offended, but still needed to improve some aspects of public protection work, said Liz Calderbank, Chief Inspector of Probation, publishing the report of a recent inspection of Northamptonshire Probation Trust.
- sentencers were satisfied overall with the quality of reports and with the confidence and experience of probation staff working in court;
- the trust had an appropriate range of accredited programmes available to address the different types of offending;
- the majority of cases had made either good progress or some progress in tackling the most significant factors associated with their likelihood of reoffending;
- in most cases where alcohol misuse was a factor, this was taken into account and relevant interventions had been delivered; and
- most victim contact work was undertaken appropriately and the quality of the work was good.
- although the risk of serious harm classification was correct in most cases, initial screenings were not completed sufficiently well in some cases, with full details of the current offence and relevant previous behaviour not always taken into account, or analysed sufficiently;
- insufficient attention was paid to child safeguarding in relation to the offender’s contact with any children and young people in a quarter of cases; and
- insufficient priority was accorded to the safety of current and potential victims by the offender manager in a third of cases; and
- work with offenders was not actively reviewed as appropriate and assessments were not always reviewed promptly following a change in circumstances.
- A copy of the report.
- This inspection of adult offending work in Northamptonshire 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 07880 787452.