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Changes to probation services: what you need to know

Organisations working with probation services, including those using sport and physical activity, have been urged to register on the Clinks directories ahead of a forthcoming restructure by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). 

Plenty of third-sector organisations who deliver sport and physical activity assist in providing education and rehabilitation for people on probation, but many of these existing relationships are informal. 

Clinks, who exist to support the voluntary sector’s work in the criminal justice system, is encouraging organisations who are want to continue, formalise or start new partnerships with probation providers to register on their directories now to be considered for future work after the restructure. 

The MoJ is to confirm its plans for the future structure and delivery of probation services in spring 2019, having announced last summer that current contracts with Community Rehabilitation Companies would be terminated early in 2020. 

A public consultation was launched on the MoJ’s initial proposals for future probation services. You can read Clinks’ submission to that consultation as well as blogs on their consultation events, what is proposed for services for women under probation supervision and Clinks’ initial thoughts on the proposals. 

The MoJ is seeking to remove barriers to voluntary organisations bidding to deliver probation services as primes in the future, and to enable smaller voluntary organisations to be part of the supply chain. 

Jess Mullen, Clinks’ Head of Policy and Communications, has written a detailed blog about the planned changes here. 

In it, she says: “The MoJ plans to signpost prime bidders to Clinks’ directories of voluntary sector organisations working in the criminal justice system in order to identify potential supply chain partners. If you are interested in being involved in supply chains for the delivery of the new probation contracts make sure your organisation is registered and your details are up to date.” 

As well as registering your organisation on Clinks directorieskeep an eye on Clinks website for further updates. 

Main photo: Photo by Sandro Schuh on Unsplash

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