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:

  1. Rehabilitation in the community – an award for work which is effective in rehabilitating probation clients and reducing reoffending.
  2. The Sue Hall Award (Social inclusion) – an award for work which has made a significant contribution to integrating probation clients into the community.
  3. Public protection – an award for making a significant contribution to reducing risk of harm to potential victims.
  4. Development of National Probation Services – an award for the development of national services.
  5. Research – an award for research published in the last 5 years which has had a major impact on probation practice.