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We respond to chief inspector's annual report on probation services

28 March 2019

We repond to Her Majestyís Chief Inspector of Probation's Annual Report which recommends principles for how probations services should operate.

Chief Executive Officer for KSS CRC, Suki Binning, said:

“Today’s report recognises the challenges we need to address four years after significant changes to the probation service.

“As a sector, we need to advance a strong professionalisation agenda to improve practice and build a clearer evidence base. That’s why over the past year, we have invested in the sorts of measures called for today. That includes tried and tested accredited interventions and new programmes to reduce the likelihood of re-offending, such as our tackling stalking initiative, and providing better data to the courts so they can see what happens after offenders are sentenced. We have also set up a new research unit to align our work with the latest evidence and best practice.

“Having developed services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex after a challenging transition four years ago, there is still work to do but we are starting to see improvements in core probation delivery. As we now also stabilise services in south west England and Wales after they transferred to us last month, it will take time for the measures we are putting in place to have a sustained impact. But we are determined to make the improvements needed and colleagues share a single-minded ethos, resolutely focussed on how to deliver a high-quality service we are proud of and which keeps the public safe.”

 

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