Probation Institute: 2nd Annual Probation Practitioner Conference

Re-imagining the Probation landscape


13th June 2017
10:00am – 4:30pm
Stoddart Building, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB

Dame Glenys Stacey – HM Chief Inspector of Probation
National Probation Service Director – representative TBC
Bronwen Elphick – Chief Executive, The Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company Limited
Richard Garside – Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

More speakers and workshops to be confirmed

Conference brief
It is now over two years since the reforms to probation were formally instituted. A series of reports have suggested a range of concerns about the effective operation of services, particularly in some of the CRC areas. These include a range of reports from HM Inspectorate of Probation, reports from the Public Accounts Committee and National Audit Office, two reports on the role of the voluntary sector by Clinks, concerns about the operation of Through the Gate services, an evidence review by the Justice Select Committee and the beginnings of academic research outcomes. It is time to review. The Ministry has initiated a Probation System Review which is due for publication in April 2017. The Justice Secretary will look at ways forward for the probation system. This review and what happens next is at the heart of this conference.

This Second Annual Probation Practitioners Conference will give attendees the opportunity to take stock of the Probation Review and to share lessons learned from the numerous reports and to look at what ways the probation world goes forward. The key speakers will focus on positive pathways for the future.

Clearly relationship building and communication between and within the NPS, CRCs and criminal justice partners, including the key role of the voluntary sector, is of the utmost importance to ensure that probation and CRC systems can operate effectively with their partners. Interactive workshops will focus on innovative practice, research outcomes and professional development.

Those most likely to benefit from this event are senior leaders from HMPPS, practitioners and managers from the NPS and CRCs, the Third Sector, the Magistrates Association, the Parole Board and the wider criminal justice sector including prisons.

The day will conclude with the Probation Institute sponsored 14th Annual Community Justice Portal Lecture to be delivered by Dame Glenys Stacey. The Chief Inspector of Probation will draw on the Inspectorate Reports to suggest how probation can move forward and regain its place as an excellent set of services.


For more information and registration, please visit the Probation Institute’s conference website.


Updated: 20 June 2017 — 09:13


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