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Last night (1st July), we hosted our second live discussion with probation workers; focusing on the impact of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation initiative. 

The session gave probation staff the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts about what they could potentially expect now that the probation trusts have officially closed. The hour-long discussion featured a lively debate with many probation workers expressing concern over how they have been affected by the changes. Key topics discussed during the conversation included pay scales, how to retain high quality staff, and how probation staff can continue to deliver a good service to offenders. 

The issue of motivation was also a recurrent theme during the session, but our panel felt sure that probation workers could positively embrace the changes. Nicky Jay confidently stated: “We have the opportunity to be part of a new probation world and we should take this with open arms.”

Impressed with the success of last night’s discussion, probation officer Chris Hooson (one of our panellists) commented “I loved it; really want these to continue as it’s vital that we share passion and possibilities....what we do matters, whether it’s CRC or NPS!”

Speaking about the event, Sanctuary Criminal Justice Team Manager, Dan Allard  said: “It’s clear that probation workers still have incredibly strong feelings about TR and this was our opportunity to give people the chance to ask their questions and speak to like-minded colleagues. The conversation was very lively and it was great for us to hear what people actually think now that the probation trusts have closed. 

“We will continue to hold online sessions such as this throughout the year, as and when further changes are announced, and I would like to thank our panel who did an excellent job in answering some tough questions.”

The third online discussion will take place later this year (date to be confirmed). 

If you missed out on last night’s live chat you can keep up to date with the action via our replay
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