Safeguarding children

A new report has been published by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, around safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation.

The covering letter from John Clements, Independent Chair of Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, explains:

The criminal exploitation of children, especially within the supplying of controlled drugs, has come to the fore in the past couple of years.  It has challenged all organisations in terms of the level of harm being managed, our mind-sets, the difficulties in supporting the children affected and the number of cases being encountered.

The national child safeguarding practice review panel has just published its first national review, focused on the criminal exploitation of children…  I have asked Sara Crane, the chair of the Missing and Exploitation Group, to arrange for the report to be considered by her group.

Click to download: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation review


Probation reform

Clinks, the umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector in the area of criminal justice, has shared some information around the reforms being brought into the probation service:

Clinks Blog: the latest on the probation reform programme

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has published a target operating model for probation. This blog from Policy Officer Lauren Nickolls, outlines some of the new and welcome things to look out for as well as a brief overview of some of our ongoing concerns. The target operating model gives an update on the latest developments in the design of the future probation model which is anticipated to be fully operational from 2022. Broadly the model design outlined is in line with what has been shared by HMPPS previously in the draft operating blueprint and through market engagement information. There are, however, some important updates to the detail, which are discussed in this blog. Read it here

Clinks Briefing: the target operating model for probation

This briefing gives an in-depth analysis of HMPPS’ recently published target operating model for probation and its implications for the voluntary sector. We are providing feedback on these implications to HMPPS and will advocate for them to be taken into account as the model develops further. Some of our ongoing concerns include:

  • a lack of progress on a commitment to reduce fast, verbal pre-sentence reports;
  • the complexity of the Dynamic Framework which is contract-focused and doesn’t therefore fully support voluntary sector involvement;
  • the availability of services led by and for black, Asian and minority ethnic people from day one;
  • the practicalities of the new resettlement model;
  • and the impact of the lack of transition planning on voluntary sector organisations.

Read more here