Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Probation services in England and Wales - and priorities for the new Chief Inspector

November 2019

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the future of probation services in England and Wales.

We are pleased that Justin Russell, the new HM Chief Inspector of Probation, has agreed to deliver a keynote address at this seminar - and is expected to set out his priorities and areas of focus.

Further keynote contributions come from:

  • Jim Barton, Director and Senior Responsible Officer, Probation Reform Programme, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service;
  • Dr Nicola Carr, Co-Chair, Working Group on Community Sanctions, European Society of Criminology; and
  • Chris Groom, Audit Manager, National Audit Office.

The agenda

  • Priorities and areas of focus for the new Chief Inspector - workforce retention, evidence-led decision making and governance requirements;
  • Strategic priorities for the probation system;
  • Probation service management - workforce training and retention, professional standards, and the potential impact of technology and voluntary organisation involvement;
  • Focusing on the individual - combating addiction and mental health problems, rehabilitation and the latest thinking on risk assessments; and
  • Learning from the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates