The personal and professional challenges for probation leaders charged with privatising their service.
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Jack Cattell of Get the Data does a deep dive into the latest private probation reconviction data and payment by results outcomes and finds some contradictory trends.
CRCs don’t see offenders often enough to engage them, leading to poor enforcement decisions. However, recalls to prison normally handled appropriately by NPS & CRCs.
NAO finds a total of £342 additional payments promised to Community Rehabilitation Contracts but thinks they may fail to hit payment by results targets.
Jack Cattell of Get the Data takes a deep dive into the first set of published reoffending rates from the new private Community Rehabilitation Companies.
MoJ performance stats show public probation outperforming new private providers and wide variation in the performance of Community Rehabilitation Companies.
New study of the enforced migration of probation staff from public service to private company and the effects on their professional & personal identities.
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.
Interviewees often described a sense of loss, talking about the experience of being forced to transfer to the CRC as a bereavement or divorce. Many staff were extremely angry and upset at being forced out of the public sector whose values they explicitly espoused. There was also a strong sense of loss from long-time colleagues who were being transferred to the National Probation Service.
NOMS just published its latest workforce information summary report which records the number of staff working for Community Rehabilitation Companies at 31 December 2014. Overall there are about 150 fewer full time equivalent staff working for the 21 CRCs (who were at the time still part of the public sector); an overall reduction of 1.84%.
The inspectors made a total of 67 recommendations to address the concerns they identified. It is too early to say whether these issues are teething problems inevitable given the massive change that TR involves or fundamental flaws that will get worse over time. It will be intriguing to see whether performance improves or deteriorates when new providers take over CRCs in early 2015.