PLENTY of positives have been identified in Northumbria Probation Trust’s efforts to protect the public and reduce re-offending.
The report from HM Inspectors of Probation follows a recent inspection of work with adult offenders, with a particular focus on violent offenders.
The team looked at approximately 100 cases to assess whether the sentence of the court is delivered effectively and whether work with individual offenders protects the public, reduces the likelihood of re-offending and provides a high-quality service to courts and victims.
They determined that offenders are encouraged to engage with their sentences, which are being delivered as intended. Sentence plans take into account the diverse needs of each individual, and include a good range of interventions.
In addition, many offenders had made good progress against the factors linked to their offending, and risk of harm posed to the public is being effectively managed.
Nick Hall, chief executive at Northumbria Probation Trust, said: ”I am very pleased with the outcome of this inspection, which reinforces the high standards of probation services we consistently deliver in Northumbria.
“Our key priorities are to protect the public and reduce re-offending, and the inspectors have found we are delivering good results for the local communities we serve.”
The inspectors also found a good service is being provided to courts and victims of crime, but they identified some areas for further development such as greater clarity around when and why individual cases are reviewed in response to changes in the offenders’ circumstances or behaviour.