2nd Annual Probation Practitioner Conference

Re-imagining the Probation landscape

Criminal Justice Skills
With grateful thanks to sponsors Sodexo and Criminal Justice Skills (part of Red Snapper Group)

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 – representative TBC
Bronwen Elphick – Chief Executive, The Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company Limited
Richard Garside – Director, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

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.

We anticipate that key themes will be raised through inputs and the very important discussion opportunities for attendees, this will include:

–  learning points from the Probation System Review including government and agency responses;
–  relationship building within and between relevant partner organisations, building on what is working and what more needs to be done;
–  enabling communications within and between relevant partner organisations, showcasing effective work and emerging research;
–  building confidence in the development of a professional workforce across probation, rehabilitation and resettlement services.

Our role is to facilitate an open and honest exchange of information and ideas with a focus on enabling plans for improvements to be formulated and shared. We will record and make available descriptions of successes as well as areas for development and any emerging plans and ideas as to how remaining challenges can be tackled.

Packages are available for you to show your support for the event, for more information please contact us

Dietary requirements and accessibility
We will be in touch a week prior to the event to ask if you have any dietary requirements and/or need support accessing the venue. If you would like to make us aware prior to that please do contact us

Group bookings
If you would like to make a group booking for your organisation and be invoiced directly then please download the group registration booking form, complete and return to us as directed on the form.

Payment and invoicing
There are two options available to make payment to attend the conference, by credit/debit card or by submitting a registration form and being invoiced directly. If you do not wish to pay by card then download the booking form and email to admin@probation-institute.org for processing, you will then be invoiced accordingly.

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Available Tickets Price Qty*
Students £50.00 (GBP)  / ticket  
Probation Institute Members ONLY £100.00 (GBP)  / ticket  
Standard tickets £150.00 (GBP)  / ticket  

* Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

  • June 13, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm