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Probation service runner up in European awards

The community rehabilitation company responsible for overseeing the delivery of probation services in the region is named as “one of the best” in Europe for their work employing former offenders to reduce reoffending.

The Confederation of European Probation (CEP), a members organisation for probation services, announced Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company as their “runner up” for social inclusion at their awards ceremony in Dublin last night.

The CEP has members in 38 different countries. Their awards attract nominations from probation services across Europe.

The judges commended KSS CRC for employing ex-offenders in their Kent, Surrey and Sussex division to work with its toughest case which has halved the number of people breaking the rules of their probation, for example, by committing further offences or missing appointments without good reason.

The ex-offenders KSS CRC employs as case support workers, share their experience of turning away from a life of crime with people on probation to encourage the latter to do the same. They also help minimise a person’s risk of reoffending by giving them help to find a job, a place to live and access to services.

The original recommendation to employ ex-offenders came from KSS CRC’s Service User Council.

Earlier this year, the case support workers team also won Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service’s National Probation Award for Team of the Year.

KSS CRC’s Chief Executive Suki Binning said: “We are thrilled to have won European recognition for employing people with convictions in the service. The amazing outcomes by our case support workers team show the immense and valuable contribution it is making to minimise further offending.” 

KSS CRC delivers case management and specific initiatives to reduce reoffending for low and medium risk offenders in the region. It also delivers probation services in Wales; Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset; and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.