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Government reform of probation has created a ‘two-tier and fragmented’ system in which private companies are performing significantly worse than public sector elements, according to the Chief Inspector of Probation. Unexpected changes in sentencing, severe financial stresses and cutbacks, and IT failings, have undermined the ambitions of private Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) to bring innovative […]

Public and private organisations running probation services in West Mercia need to improve the quality of their work, according to a report published today by Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Inspectors found that the private Warwickshire & West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), which supervises medium and lower risk offenders, compared well […]

THE PUBLIC can be better protected from dangerous and violent young offenders if adults working with them are trained to understand the often extreme trauma in their childhoods, according to Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Youth justice workers will also be more effective if they ‘catch up’ with fast-changing social media communications […]

The Community Rehabilitation Company in Cumbria showed the best probation work HM inspectors had seen in a private company since they started inspecting the reshaped system three years ago, according to a report published today. The work of the public National Probation Service (NPS) in Cumbria was also good, though inconsistent in ‘pockets’, said Dame […]

Higher risk individuals were managed well overall by the National Probation Service (NPS), but the situation is quite different for those posing a medium and lower risk of harm. They are managed by the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) where services to manage risk of harm, help offenders move away from crime and deliver the sentence […]

Probation hostels do a good job overall at protecting the public and preparing individuals to move back into the community once they have left prison, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published a report, Probation Hostels’ (Approved Premises) Contribution to Public Protection, Rehabilitation and Resettlement. Probation hostels, called approved premises, […]

Much of the work that Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service (YOS) was doing with children and young people who had committed crimes was satisfactory, but managers needed better strategic grip to improve further, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published the report of a recent joint inspection of the work of […]

The two organisations responsible for providing probation services in South Yorkshire were generally working well, though further improvements were necessary in places, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published the report of a recent inspection of probation work in South Yorkshire. The inspection looked at the quality of probation work […]

Probation services in court have improved noticeably over the past year and consistently good advice was being given to sentencers by probation staff, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Today she published a report, The Work of Probation Services in Courts.  Probation services have for many years provided advice and information to […]

The two organisations responsible for providing probation services in Suffolk needed to do far more to protect the public, reduce reoffending and make sure people served sentences handed down by the courts, said Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation. Staff at both organisations were working hard, but dealing with high caseloads, she added. […]