Hants and IOW probation service receives ‘good’ rating

But Napo call for service to be put back into public ownership


HM Inspectorate of Probation has release a report today giving Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) a ‘good’ rating, the first group to do so since the rating system was introduced in 2018.

HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey said: “Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC has the essentials in place to deliver a good probation service that supports people to move away from further offending and protects the public. Regrettably, the ability of the CRC to sustain the quality of its work is being put at risk because of the financial pressures that this and other CRCs are experiencing.”

Spokesperson from Napo (formerly the National Association of Probation Officers), Sarah Friday said, “Napo welcome the HMIP report findings into an inspection of Hampshire Isle of Wight CRC and congratulate staff on achieving a good rating.”

Following their inspection, the Inspectorate cautions that due to sweeping changes in staffing, including sending almost a quarter of its probation officers to another organisation, the service is ‘at risk’.

Napo also stated they are “…calling for the probation service to be reunified in a local publicly owned service with sufficient funding, so that probation service provision is no longer impacted by the risks of the private sector.”