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Positive HMIP inspection report for KSS CRC
6 October 2016
Kent, Surrey and Sussex CRC has received a positive report from HM Inspectorate of Probation for their work in Kent.
The Inspectorate visited Kent in July 2016 to review the quality of probation work carried out by KSS CRC, who work with low to medium risk offenders and also by the separate public sector body, National Probation Service South East, who work with high risk offenders.
KSS CRC’s overall performance was acknowledged to be ‘among the best of any CRC nationally’ and the inspectors were particularly impressed with KSS CRC’s ‘commitment to working with individuals fully in planning their own route away from crime’. The Inspectorate’s report also notes that at the time of inspection KSS CRC was almost fully staffed and in fact employing more practitioners than when the service was outsourced, with no downsizing programme and that overall KSS CRC’s development and delivery is ‘impressive in many respects’.
The Inspectors did identify that the delivery of certain programmes and Unpaid work by KSS CRC has been affected by problems recruiting to our vacant posts. We can confirm progress has been made in all these areas since the Inspectors’ visit in July – Unpaid Work stand-downs and programme waiting times have reduced.
The latest inspection results demonstrate a significant improvement over the past two years. The Inspectorate says KSS CRC is showing clear signs of improvements in areas previously identified in their 2014 inspection of the former probation trust for Kent as weak.
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