NCVO statement on probation reforms

Commenting on today’s announcement by the Ministry of Justice on the providers of rehabilitation services across England and Wales, Sir Stuart Etherington said:

“Specialist charities, many involving dedicated volunteers, can make all the difference to the lives of people leaving prison and help reduce reoffending. It’s pleasing to see that after consulting widely with the voluntary sector the Government has taken on board some of the lessons of the Work Programme – particularly in terms of programme structure and supply chain management.

“With much of the devil in the detail, we will be working with government to ensure the model places a sufficient emphasis on rehabilitation and enables the delivery of tailored support to offenders with the most complex needs. We will be watching closely to examine the details of the payment structures that are crucial for successful partnership with the voluntary sector.”

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