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Probation Innovation

What should the future of probation look like? A new interactive website from the Innovation Unit shows the way. Sharing international research, views from service users and experts, it asks you to join the conversation…

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Latest on Transforming Rehabilitation Payment Mechanism

The Ministry of Justice responds to criticisms of its proposed payment mechanism for the new Transforming rehabilitation contracts and appears to be willing to make substantial changes. However, there will be no details until the “Invitation to Negotiate” stage of the procurement process…

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Transforming Rehabilitation by the numbers

Transforming Rehabilitation is the Ministry of Justice’s initiative to outsource the probation service. The graphic below provides a brief overview of the size of the project. The new reoffending contracts will be worth a total of £450m per year…

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NAPO: Transforming Rehabilitation is an obscene social experiment

Ian Lawrence, General Secretary of NAPO, the probation service union and professional association, in the second in a series of interviews about the MoJ’s probation reform programme: Transforming Rehabilitation. Ian states that probation staff are not opposed to opening up the probation service to competition but argues that probation staff should be allowed to compete on a level playing field. He sees current plans as rushed…

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The voluntary sector and Transforming Rehabilitation

A new report from the Centre for Social Justice sees the criminal justice voluntary sector as critical to the success of the MoJ probation reforms. A survey completed by 173 organisations highlights hopes and concerns of a new world where relationships with large private sector companies are seen as the key to…

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Integrated Offender Management and Transforming Rehabilitation

The Home Office published the findings of this year’s Integrated Offender Management survey yesterday 26 September 2013. The document makes it clear that the survey and its date of publication are closely connected to Transforming Rehabilitation – the overhaul and outsourcing of the probation service. The Home Office asked all 292 Community Safety Partnerships in England Wales to complete the online survey which 184 CSPs (63%) did. This summary of the findings gives a quick overview…

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Principles of Competition for Transforming Rehabilitation

When the MoJ lit the fuse on the Transforming Rehabilitation procurement process last week, it also published a “Principles of Competition” document. The document is divided into two parts: Competition Fairness and Market Management…

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10 things TOM taught me about Transforming Rehabilitation

When the MoJ launched the competition for the outsourced components of the probation service on 19 September 2013, they issued a number of accompanying documents. Perhaps the most important was the Target Operating Model (TOM) which explains how the new system, with the current probation trusts split into a National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies, will operate in practice. TOM is 64 pages long and gives a very detailed description of the current MoJ vision of how reducing reoffending will work from 2015 onwards…

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The evidence on reducing reoffending

What works? One of the positive side-effects of the Transforming Rehabilitation project (launched in earnest yesterday) has been the debate it has provoked about what

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Probation reforms start in earnest today

19 September 2013 may prove to a momentous date in probation history. Minister of Justice Chris Grayling announced the formal launch of the competition for the 40% of the probation service which is being outsourced/privatised. Today is also the day that probation staff are told about their (limited) options of moving into the new National Probation Service or…

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