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Innovation Unit: TR will stimulate change but the lack of staff engagement is worrying

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However, he is very concerned about the lack of staff engagement in Transforming Rehabilitation. He thinks that probation could be improved but that improvement is most likely to happen via a process of co-production with staff and service users at the heart of it.

Aviv Katz of the Innovation Unit, gives his views in the latest in a series of interviews about the MoJ’s probation reform programme: Transforming Rehabilitation. Aviv thinks that  TR will stimulate change and is likely to bring about improvements in service delivery.

However, he is very concerned about the lack of staff engagement in Transforming Rehabilitation. He thinks that probation could be improved but that improvement is most likely to happen via a process of co-production with staff and service users at the heart of it.

Aviv was recently heavily involved in a Innovation Unit project which focused on the proposed changes to the probation service and involved service users, researchers, practitioners and others in a conversation about the future of work reducing reoffending.

“Probation Futures” was commissioned by A4e and involved three main components:

  • A worldwide horizon scan of innovation in probation and other ways of working with offenders
  • Interviews with service users and practitioners
  • A series of workshops with a bunch of experts

You can see the final report at this interactive website.

 

You can follow the Innovation Unit on Twitter: @Innovation_Unit

Need to know more about Transforming Rehabilitation? Check out my free resource pack.

 

 

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  1. unfortunately with how badly probation staff have been treated by the MOJ its no surprise that probation are not engaging. Mr Grayling and his chums are not interested in the damage they have caused and continue to cause. No DVD will get staff on side now.

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