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Who will be running your probation service? | Russell Webster

Who will be running your probation service? | Russell Webster | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Who will be running your probation service? MoJ announces 8 companies/partnerships who will be running CRCs under Transforming Rehabilitation
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As you can see, the big winners are:

  • Sodexo and NACRO have been successful in six CRCs
  • Interserve who are leading partnerships in five CRCs
  • MTCNovo, a Joint Venture between MTC and a number of other organisations, have won London and Thames Valley.
  • Working Links are the preferred bidders in three CRCs.
  • The Reducing Reoffending Partnership (a Joint Venture between Ingeus, St Giles Trust and CRI) will run the two large Midlands CRCs (Staffs & West Mids and Derby, Leicester, Notts & Rutland).
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Prediction Probation

Prediction Probation | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Predictions made at least 15 months ago about the likely impact of the
privatisation of the Probation service in England and Wales is becoming a
reality. In February 2015 the supervision of low and medium risk offenders,
around 100,000 individuals were sold off in lots to the private sector.
This included work with domestic violence perpetrators.

In the press and media Harry Fletcher now Director of the Digital-Trust
forecast the end of positive interventions for offenders and there
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Harry Fletcher says big probation job losses are no surprise

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Is TR the biggest con trick since 'Salting the Mine'?

Is TR the biggest con trick since 'Salting the Mine'? | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
The history of the old Wild West is littered with tales of fallen prospectors lured to a remote quarry  in search of a rich seam of gold that would make them their fortune. Landowners would develop...
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Examples of where it might all start to go wrong come in the form of panic management initiatives where some CRCs have been asking PSO members to switch duties into the Prison estate to help see ‘Through The Gate (TTG) in  by the  1 May operative date because second tier providers cannot deliver.

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Probation question in House of Lords

Probation question in House of Lords | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

Transcript of response to Lords Rambsbotham question on implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation 

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Lord Faulks speaks for the government

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Latest new Probation news

Latest new Probation news | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

It would seem that the CRC's are just being used as carriers of reserve staff to be moved anywhere at any time, with offices topped-up by new, unqualified, unskilled (in that area of work) even voluntary, staff, or not topped up at all. How demoralising can that be?

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Frontline probation staff report a wide range of Transforming Rehabilitation implementation problems

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Are we transforming rehabilitation?

Are we transforming rehabilitation? | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
On Tuesday the London ‘Standard’ had the depressing headline “Rioters in new crime wave”. According to official statistics 1593 of the 3914 people charged or cautioned by the Met following the riots in August 2011 have since reoffended. At our Autumn Conference in the month following the riots, I raised concerns as a Haringey magistrate...
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"There has been a lot of good policy work around Crime presented at recent Lib Dem Conferences but probation and rehabilitation is the one area where a new approach is needed."

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Not even the MoJ understands what it is doing today

Not even the MoJ understands what it is doing today | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
New Ministry of Justice plans coming into force today as the brain child of CHris Grayling are not understood by the probation workers tasked with implementing them
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"There have been worrying reports of a total breakdown of communication between the national service and the individual bodies. Paul McDowell, the chief inspector of probation, warned there were "process, communication and information-sharing challenges that did not previously exist". The point where probation meets the courts is in a state of disarray. The IT infrastructure is in trouble. Probation workers have warned that dangerous cases are slipping through the cracks. But the MoJ refused to publish its safety evaluations and pressed ahead anyway. Few expect it to be a success."

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Post-prison support extended to 45,000 offenders

Post-prison support extended to 45,000 offenders | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
A major gap which allows 45,000 short-term prisoners to leave prison unsupervised every year has been closed under a new law that has been brought into force.
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"From today anyone sentenced to more than a day in prison will receive at least 12 months rehabilitation on release. New probation providers from the private, public and voluntary sectors will provide an unprecedented level of support to those who are stuck in the revolving door of crime and prison."

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“What if….I don’t know who’s there to help me?” – a practical view on Transforming Rehabilitation

“What if….I don’t know who’s there to help me?” – a practical view on Transforming Rehabilitation | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Coming back on the train from this evenings Clinks AGM, I’m left to reflect on what was a rather illuminating event. Firstly, it was interesting to hear the core question that was pitched by Clinks...
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"But one thing that seems to be absent from all of these is any real sense of clarity about what services are going to be available, where in the country they will be, and who they’re for. In large part, it’s not known yet because it’s still to be decided!"

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House of Commons Hansard Debates for 13 Jan 2015 on Probation Service

House of Commons Hansard Debates for 13 Jan 2015 on Probation Service | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
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Contracting out of probation services: what’s happened so far?

Contracting out of probation services: what’s happened so far? | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Justice intends to contract-out large parts of the probation service: what progress has been made in implementing the reforms?
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House of Commons Library Standard note updates TR situation as of 9 January 2015

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First inspection of new probation | Russell Webster

First inspection of new probation | Russell Webster | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Inspectors find considerable confusion, staffing difficulties and disastrous IT undermining early implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation.
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Addaction leaves Purple Futures

Addaction leaves Purple Futures | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Purple Futures has been in negotiations with a wide range of third sector organisations and believe their role is crucial to reduce re-offending and supporting behavioural change. We had hoped to agree commercial terms with all major partners. Unfortunately, we have been unable to agree mutually satisfactory terms with Addaction to provide case management and... Read more »
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Addaction were key to Interserve's model, and were signed up to deliver the case management, so their loss is a substantial blow

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Cuts to prison restorative justice show why Chris Grayling should be voted out | Eric Allison

Cuts to prison restorative justice show why Chris Grayling should be voted out | Eric Allison | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Justice minister Chris Grayling is an incompetent recidivist – cutting effective programmes like the one in Brixton the archbishop of Canterbury is visiting
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Some of the shine has been taken off the archbishop’s visit with the news that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has axed its funding of the Sycamore Tree. All the MoJ will say is: “The three-year contract for the delivery of the Sycamore Tree course came to an end in March. There are no plans to renew the contract at this stage..”

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Job cuts paused as Sodexo and MoJ argue over voluntary redundancy

Job cuts paused as Sodexo and MoJ argue over voluntary redundancy | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

Yesterdays meeting between Sodexo bosses and the probation unions which was diplomatically described in the joint statement that followed as a 'full and frank' discussion...

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Sodexo's approach of making huge staff cuts may not be legal...

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Bleak Futures Week 9

Bleak Futures Week 9 | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

This blog makes interesting reading when we see practitioners experiences post TR, take for example ISPs. This is a target for both CRCs and NPS and more importantly starts the supervision process by defining what work will be done to address identified issues and also is the baseline risk assessment. 

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Latest blog post from Jim Brown shows very different probation practice is now the norm including different perceptions of National Probation Service targets.

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Is everything going well with the reform of the Probation Service?

Is everything going well with the reform of the Probation Service? | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Not if you read a recent exchange this month (Feb 2015) on the floor of the House of Lords. Following what must have been a lacklustre response from the Minister Lord Ramsbotham said “When I was Ch...
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Interim Chief Inspector of Probation announced

Interim Chief Inspector of Probation announced | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Paul Wilson has been appointed interim Chief Inspector of Probation today.
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Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said:

After more than 40 years rising through the ranks of the probation service, Paul has the ideal knowledge and experience necessary for this role. I am confident that he will bring the leadership and drive necessary to steer the inspectorate and safeguard its independence whilst a permanent Chief Inspector is appointed.

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The trouble with privatising probation | Rob Allen

The trouble with privatising probation | Rob Allen | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
Probation chief Paul McDowell had to go after it was disclosed that his wife’s firm had won the largest number of service contracts. Lessons must be learned
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"To its credit, the McDowell inspectorate called some major risks and challenges in its report on the early implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation in December. It concluded that “what happens in this next period of implementation, and particularly the way it is led and managed, is crucial to ensuring the longer-term development of quality and innovation in probation that the public expects”.

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Probation’s February Revolution: Enter the Rugged Tablets

Probation’s February Revolution: Enter the Rugged Tablets | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

It’s a big week for penal policy. All prison sentences of two days or more imposed for offences committed from 1st February onwards will be followed by a mandatory period of supervision after release

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The MoJ also identified a risk that the changes to custodial sentences of less than 12 months could lead to changes in how courts use them. By this they meant presumably that courts might be more attracted to a sentence promising not only punishment via the clang of the closing prison gate but some help when it opens again.  In such circumstances one might expect the Sentencing Council to produce guidelines on how courts should reflect the increased punitive weight of short sentences in their decision-making. I’ve not seen anything yet but perhaps it is being mobilised or even in transition.

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Joe Kuipers Special on the end of public probation

Joe Kuipers Special on the end of public probation | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it

"I remain convinced that the new probation structures are a grave mistake by introducing major fragmentation and weaknesses in accountability"

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TR Mobilisation underway – or is it?

TR Mobilisation underway – or is it? | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
We have long maintained that the whole Transforming Rehabilitation exercise was shoved through in haste so that it could be included in an election manifesto somewhere. Had anyone in authority with...
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 Introductory meetings with the new CRC owners at National level have been pretty short on detail in terms of their proposed operational models 

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Probation reorganisation: wholesale, high-risk, evidence-free

Probation reorganisation: wholesale, high-risk, evidence-free | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
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Kate Green MP on yesterday's debate on Transforming Rehabilitation

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MoJ press release announcing signing of new probation contracts

MoJ press release announcing signing of new probation contracts | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
The government fired the starting gun today on making key reforms to the way ex-offenders are looked after in the community, in an effort to tackle stubbornly high reoffending rates in England and Wales.
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Probation reforms 'moving too quickly' says inspector

Probation reforms 'moving too quickly' says inspector | The Future of Probation | Scoop.it
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Mr McDowell claims the speed of changes to the service "caused operational problems that could have been avoided or mitigated".

He said they exposed existing flaws in the system, including shortfalls in "processes, practice quality, consistency, leadership and management".

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