Probation Posts

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Here you can find more than 500 posts tracking every major development in probation since 2011. You can trace the rise and fall of Transforming Rehabilitation, see the latest performance figures and explore new practice developments. If you’re looking for something in particular, try the search box below.

Continuous Professional Development

Open training courses for probation staff.

The Learning and Development team at LAURUS have been looking at how we can best support learning in the sector during this time.
We have been making many of our learning materials and our courses available digitally and have effectively delivered our blended learning to meet the needs of the sector.
We have the following courses in September 2020 and October 2020 which are being run as open events for staff from any organisation:

  • Basic Risk & OASys
  • SARA Version 2
  • Effective Engagement Skills
  • Hate Crime & OASys

Service user involvement and co-production with offenders

The guide is a practical document and provides a structured and accessible introduction to involving offenders and exoffenders; it
includes examples of good practice, checklists and signposts to further information and support.

The voice of probation

The voice of probation – the Probation Institute enters the debate on prison reform arguing for a reinvestment in community sanctions.

Staff suffer brunt of probation reforms

New research from Professor Gill Kirton examines the highly negative impact on a mainly female workforce of Transforming Rehabilitation, the privatisation of the probation service.

The Justice Data Lab gets more useful

I do hope that more voluntary sector organisations will now feel confident enough in the JDL’s methodology to use what is an excellent opportunity to test the effectiveness of their work at no cost.

The official history of Transforming Rehabilitation so far

There have been concerns about the pace of change, about the danger of fragmentation and about IT systems. The MoJ has emphasised the importance of the voluntary sector in the CRC partnerships; however, they have been concerns about lack of clarity for that sector about what their role will be.

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Unpaid work irrelevant to broader probation supervision

Unpaid work has always been the Cinderella department of probation work – doing valuable work but under-valued and rarely fully integrated into the mainstream of offender management. It appears that the changes brought in by Transforming Rehabilitation are reinforcing this trend.

Understanding desistance from sexual offending

Perhaps their most important conclusion is the contention that probation practice should focus more on helping sex offenders move forward, away from a life of crime rather than continuously re-examining past offences.

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