In this blog, Clinks Development Officer in the South West Isabel Livingstone shares regional updates from the National Probation Service (NPS) and the Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) that were covered at the recent Clinks policy forum.

It includes new commissioning powers for the NPS, reflection on the ‘probation services review’ into CRC contracts and information on new strategic forums in the South West.

Read the blog here  (summary below)

Probation Service: In her presentation at the policy forum Angela Cossins, National Probation Services Deputy Director for South West and South Central, acknowledged that over the last few years since the NPS/Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) split, the NPS has been quite inward-looking as it has been establishing its structures and processes and getting to grips with the new arrangements since the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. However, it is now looking at more engagement and partnership working, and has recently developed a national stakeholder engagement strategy...

Community Rehabilitation. I have blogged before on the challenges that CRC restructure and staff redundancies have created for voluntary organisations trying to work with them. John Wiseman, Probation Director for the two South West CRCs, reflected on the challenges over the past few years as CRCs have been established, and that a lot of the focus has necessarily been on ensuring that the CRC/NPS split was as well managed as possible, which has been largely successful. He emphasised that the CRCs are committed to developing their relationships with other partners including an ongoing relationship with the voluntary sector......