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KSS CRC reponse to national review of probation companies' work to tackle domestic abuse

25 September 2018

The independent inspector for probation today published a thematic review of community rehabilitation companies' response to domestic abuse.

Researchers from HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) visited hubs in five community rehabilitation companies between April and May 2018, including Redhill within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) area. The review found that while there were some areas of good practice, including at Redhill where probation workers look to tackle domestic abuse behaviour before it escalates, these were not widespread across all areas. 

A similar approach was commended by assessors from HMIP in June during a joint inspection into the multi-agency response to tackle domestic abuse in Medway, Kent. That review found that the CRC “demonstrates a real commitment to changing the behaviour of perpetrators and tackling domestic abuse”.

Responding to today’s report, the chief executive officer for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, Suki Binning, said:

“While today’s thematic inspection into tackling domestic abuse across the country shows that there are areas of good practice, including our work in Surrey to tackle domestic abuse behaviour before it escalates, it is also clear that these pockets need to become much more widespread.

"Prior to this inspection, we developed a safeguarding strategy, including a specific policy on tackling domestic abuse, to codify our approach and improve consistency and quality. We also established a new research unit to equip our teams with the latest evidence-base on what works as well as national and international best practice. 

"In recent months we have taken additional steps to raise standards further. These include the appointment of a new chief probation officer and launch of a dedicated quality development team to strengthen probation officers' skills in those areas that need additional support.  

“This report rightly recognises that community rehabilitation companies, alongside partners in the National Probation Service and other local agencies, play a vital role in reducing domestic abuse. We will closely review HMIP’s findings to ensure we do all we can to reduce the likelihood of perpetrators reoffending and to manage risk to victims, children and other family members.”

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