Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Probation services in England and Wales - the future of the Transforming Rehabilitation framework and priorities for Through the Gate resettlement

Morning, Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


This seminar will focus on the future of probation services in England and Wales.

It is scheduled to give delegates an opportunity to engage on the findings of HM Prisons and Probation Service’s probation system review - which is expected to be published in the autumn, and will assess the future of government’s Transforming Rehabilitation framework.

Sessions will focus on the options for reform, looking in particular at the performance of community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) - including changes to the way in which outcomes for short-term offenders are measured, next steps for the payment-by-results model, and addressing lower than expected numbers of low and medium-risk offenders being supervised by CRCs - as well as the operational challenges for probation services, including staffing shortages and workloads, and the improvement of IT and information sharing between CRCs, the National Probation Service and relevant partners.

In the context of a recent HM Inspectorate of Probation report on the performance of Through the Gate services - which indicated significant failings in the delivery of new services promised in the CRC bidding process - further sessions will focus on priorities for developing resettlement services, looking at next steps for improving the quality of service provision, delivering innovation in rehabilitation, and for meeting the healthcare, housing and employment needs of service users.

This conference will bring together members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with probation staff and CRCs, local government officials, services and outsourcing providers, charities, employers, training providers, health practitioners and service-user networks, as well as academics and reporters from the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Dame Glenys Stacey

HM Chief Inspector of Probation

Guest of Honour

Dame Glenys Stacey

HM Chief Inspector of Probation

Keynote Speakers

Oliver Lodge

Director, Ministry of Justice Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office

Jim Barton

Executive Director, Community Interventions, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service

Lawrence Burke

Module Leader, School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University and Editor, Probation Journal


Rt Hon the Lord Laming

Lord German

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Rehabilitation, Probation and Prison Reform


Ian Lawrence

General Secretary, Napo

Michaela Booth

Blogger, Michaela Movement and Prison Leaver Mentor

Peter Dawson

Director, Prison Reform Trust

Bronwen Elphick

Chief Executive, Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company

Yvonne Thomas

Managing Director, Justice, Interserve

Nathan Dick

Head of Policy and Communications, Clinks

Joanne Drew

Director of Housing, Nacro

Dr Coral Sirdifield

Research Fellow, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln

Sheena Jowett

Deputy Chairman, Magistrates’ Association