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Probation progress: Let’s go forward, not back!

The summer months have continued to be a busy time for our probation services as we recover from Covid-19 and look to the future.

In our previous edition of Unlocking Potential, I shared how we had restarted Community Payback groups. More recently, we have begun delivering nationally accredited programmes again. These programmes change behaviours that lead to crime.

While I cannot say we are over the effects of Covid-19, we are making progress in reducing current waiting lists that have built up during the lockdown.

Because of the effects of Covid-19, the Justice Select Committee  is holding an inquiry into future probation reforms. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service plans to transfer case management, unpaid work and accredited programmes to the National Probation Service by June 2021. Undoubtedly, we have an incredibly difficult challenge ahead of us. There could be more lockdowns locally or nationally in future.

I will be giving evidence at the Justice Select Committee’s opening session on 22 September. They will also be listening to evidence from other community rehabilitation company suppliers.

The message from me is ‘let’s not go back – let’s go forward!’

We want to ensure future probation reforms are safe. HMPPS’s plans should build on current progress and incentivise new approaches that improve public service delivery, such as the programme we pioneered for stalkers.  When the Justice Select Committee airs our evidence, we will share this with you.

Meanwhile, we remain committed to delivering high-quality services that help change lives for the better. You can read about how we have been doing this, from improving service quality to delivering award-winning work and helping to change behaviour.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. I welcome hearing from you.