In 2016 the Confederation of European Probation established a Probation Awards Scheme to celebrate outstanding contributions to Probation. Awards would be presented at each General Assembly – the first edition took place at the General Assembly in Bucharest in October 2016.
The awards scheme reflects CEP’s vision: To contribute to safer communities by rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders and providing the best possible interventions to reduce re-offending and the impact of crime.
The Award Scheme aims to:
- Celebrate and recognise outstanding achievement in a range of probation settings
- Promote professionalism and excellence
- Foster good practice through dissemination of information about award winners
- Improve awareness of probation and stimulate publicity
- Encourage leadership and partnership
- Promote research and the sharing of professional knowledge
- Promote CEP values, and a commitment to diversity and human rights
The CEP awards distinguish the following five categories:
- Rehabilitation in the community – an award for work which is effective in rehabilitating probation clients and reducing reoffending.
- The Sue Hall Award (Social inclusion) – an award for work which has made a significant contribution to integrating probation clients into the community.
- Public protection – an award for making a significant contribution to reducing risk of harm to potential victims.
- Development of National Probation Services – an award for the development of national services.
- Research – an award for research published in the last 5 years which has had a major impact on probation practice.