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On Probation

What next for probation?

Chair of the Probation Institute Paul Senior looks back at the impact of Transforming Rehabilitation and fears for the future of probation.

On Probation

Probation changes move slowly

Latest Clinks report on probation changes finds a ‘narrowing’ of services, with changes from one-to-one support to more group work, and from more flexible person-centred approaches to a more process driven or ‘box-ticking’ arrangements.

On Probation

What do service users think of probation changes?

Offenders on probation used terms such as “more stressed”, “miserable”, “deflated” to describe their probation officers after Transforming Rehabilitation was implemented.

Prison

Damning Wormwood Scrubs inspection report

Most prisoners still had less than two hours a day out of their cells and we found more than half the population locked behind their doors during the working day.

Payment by Results

Quality assurance in payment by results contracts

The main message from the literature is that commissioners need to be proactive in ensuring that PbR providers deliver a good quality service — particularly when service users include vulnerable groups

Payment by Results

Understanding the market for payment by results

commissioners are urged to consider whether potential providers have sufficient financial resources to bid for a contract which requires considerable initial investment and where payments are delayed until the achievement of outcome measures has been verified.

Payment by Results

Can payment by results transfer risk?

It is not possible to transfer all risk, be that risk reputational, practical or financial. Commissioners retain their responsibility for local citizens receiving a good quality and effective service.

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