Justice Secretary David Gauke has announced plans to change and improve the current Probation system and invest £22 million in extra support for offenders leaving prison.

Government is strengthening offender supervision in existing CRC contracts and investing an extra £22 million each year to improve through-the-gate support

  • CRC and NPS areas to be aligned – improving joint working and strengthening ties with key partners, including the third sector, local authorities and PCCs
  • Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts will end two years early in 2020, with plans to work with the market to design new and improved contracts.

The Ministry of Justice are currently running a consultation on what probation reform could look like. They are keen to get the perspective of the voluntary sector, in areas such as

Supervising offenders and delivering the sentence of the court

  • More effective rehabilitation of offenders
  • Preparing prisoners for life in the community
  • A workforce with the right training and skills
  • Improving system integration
  • Working more closely with partners

The survey is designed in a way which means you can complete the parts relevant to you as well as the option to add additional information, giving you the opportunity to talk about the work you do , for example supporting local organisations to integrate with probation services, and what you could be doing in the future. The MoJ wish to gather as many views as possible, so feel free to share with anyone you think should have a say. The survey closes on 21st September 2018.

You can access the survey here.

Follow this link for more information about the proposed changes.

For more information of how you can get involved in the consultation please get in touch direct with

Nathan Dick

Senior policy and stakeholder manager

Probation Programme

Justice Analysis and Offender Policy Group


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