On 26 June 2021, the government launched the new unified Probation Service for England and Wales. This brought the management of medium- and low-risk offenders in-house and combined them with the public sector National Probation Service, which manages high-risk offenders. This was the fourth major restructuring of probation services in 20 years.
The transition was not expected to be easy. The 21 community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) oversaw hundreds of thousands of cases, employed thousands of staff across hundreds of sites and used different operating models. They were run by six companies and scores of sub-contractors, with different processes, terms and conditions, and working cultures.
A year on from these changes, this event will explore how well the transition has gone and assess the key challenges and opportunities that still lie ahead.
Our panel will include:
- Linda Neimantas, Head of Probation Inspection Programme at HM Inspectorate of Probation
- Jim Barton, Executive Director, Probation Reform Programme at the Ministry of Justice
- Suki Binning, Chief Social Worker at Seetec, and Executive Director at the Interventions Alliance
The event will be chaired by Nick Davies, Programme Director at the Institute for Government.