Support for drug users on probation in England and Wales ‘not good enough’ – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2021 in drug abuse, news, probation by sally

‘Offenders in England and Wales who are supervised in the community are not receiving enough help to tackle drug misuse, and specialist programmes for identifying at-risk users of drugs have “withered on the vine”, a watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2021

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‘Probation officers are the forgotten part of the criminal justice system’ – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2021 in criminal justice, news, probation by sally

It’s a job that you don’t often see in police dramas and documentaries. Sam Gildersleeve wants to show you what it’s like being a probation officer in Chelmsford, Essex.

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BBC News, 6th July 2021

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Nationalising probation service not enough to fix flaws, warns watchdog – The Guardian

‘Renationalising the management of offenders in the community will not be enough to put right the flaws of disastrous privatisation reforms introduced by the former Conservative minister Chris Grayling, the probation watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2021

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Probation services return to public control in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted June 28th, 2021 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, probation by tracey

‘Probation services in England and Wales will return to public control, seven years after Chris Grayling’s changes that were later labelled as “flawed”.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2021

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Research Briefing: Unification of probation services – House of Commons Library

Posted June 11th, 2021 in news, parliament, probation by tracey

‘This briefing discusses the new unified model for probation services being brought in from 26 June 2021’

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House of Commons Library , 7th June 2021

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Ex-police officer who tracked wife with GPS spared same fate Published14 hours ago – BBC News

‘A controlling husband who planted a GPS device in his wife’s car objected to being tracked himself as punishment.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2021

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£200 million investment in rehab services to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Charities and companies which help rehabilitate offenders have been awarded around £200 million of Government funding to help cut crime in the new probation system.’

Ministry of Justice, 21st May 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Justifying Austerity – Not Solely a Question of Cost – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2020 in age discrimination, budgets, news, probation, remuneration by sally

‘On 11 November 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Heskett -v- Secretary of State for Justice [2020] EWCA Civ 1487, holding that the “pay freeze” imposed on probation officers as the result of the Government’s austerity measures, which might otherwise have been regarded as indirectly age discriminatory, was capable of being justified as a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.’

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Littleton Chambers, 12th November 2020

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Thousands of high-risk offenders in UK ‘freed into homelessness’ – The Guardian

‘Thousands of high-risk convicted criminals, including those classed as violent and sexual offenders, were being released from prison in England into homelessness, increasing the likelihood of their reoffending, inspectors warned.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2020

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Adventures in forfeiture – brothels and specifying the breach – Nearly Legal

‘An Upper Tribunal appeal of an FTT decision that the leaseholder, Ms M, was in breach of lease, and specifically a restriction “Not to do or permit or suffer in or upon the Demised Premises or any part thereof any illegal or immoral act or any act or thing which may be or may become a nuisance or annoyance or cause damage to the Lessors or the tenants of the Lessor or the occupiers of any part of the Building.”’

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Nearly Legal, 1st July 2020

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Major failures led to accidental release of serial rapist, report finds – The Guardian

‘Significant failings by prison and probation staff, and a policy of not recalling high risk prisoners to alleviate pressure on a growing prison population, saw serial rapist Joseph McCann mistakenly freed from jail to attack 11 women and children, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

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Private firms to lose role in probation services – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2020 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, probation by sally

‘The government has scrapped plans to let private firms run behaviour programmes and unpaid work schemes for offenders in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2020

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Probation services to return to public control after Grayling disasters – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2020 in contracting out, Ministry of Justice, news, police, probation by sally

‘Probation services in England and Wales will be fully restored to public ownership and control, the justice secretary has announced, marking the final nail in the coffin of Chris Grayling’s disastrous privatisation changes.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2020

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Government not doing enough to prevent crimes committed on probation – report – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2020 in crime prevention, news, probation by sally

‘The government and probation service are not doing enough to learn from mistakes that led to serious crimes being committed by offenders under supervision, including murder, rape and other violent offences, inspectors have said in a critical report.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2020

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Lie detectors should be used to monitor sex offenders, UK study says – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2020 in deceit, lie detectors, news, police, probation, recidivists, sexual offences by sally

‘Mandatory testing with a polygraph, or lie-detector, should be introduced to monitor convicted sex offenders undergoing police supervision, according to university research commissioned by police chiefs.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2020

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Serial rapist Joseph McCann could have been put back in prison weeks before rampage, report reveals – The Independent

Posted March 6th, 2020 in child abuse, news, parole, prisons, probation, rape, recidivists, sexual offences by tracey

‘A serial rapist who attacked a string of victims aged between 11 and 71 could have been jailed weeks before he started the rampage, a report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2020

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UK freed 42 terrorists in year before law to detain extremists for longer – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2020 in news, parole, prisons, probation, proscribed organisations, statistics, terrorism by tracey

‘More than 40 convicted terrorists were released from prison in the year before emergency legislation was introduced to keep jailed extremists locked up for longer, figures reveal, while the number of far-right detainees has surged.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2020

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When are Article 8 rights engaged in the context of an unfair dismissal claim and how should the engagement of such rights be approached by the tribunal? – 3PB

‘The claimant was employed by the respondent from 1994 until November 2014 as a Probation Service Officer (“PSO”). In 2014 there was an incident at the claimant’s home involving the claimant, her then partner, and her daughter, who was then a teenager. It was alleged that the claimant had been violent towards her daughter, something she had always vehemently denied. Social Services became involved and her daughter was placed on the Child Protection Register (“CPR”).’

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3PB, 7th February 2020

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Employees and child protection issues – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether a probation service officer who failed to disclose a child protection issue was fairly dismissed. Ceri Fuller, Zoë Wigan and Hilary Larter analyse the outcome.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th February 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Article 8 & Unfair Dismissal – January 2020 – Pallant Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in human rights, news, privacy, probation, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Q v Secretary of State for Justice UKEAT/0120/19 was a recent case in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal looked at the application of the Article 8 in a conduct dismissal case.’

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Pallant Chambers, 23rd January 2020

Source: www.pallantchambers.co.uk