JPACS reviews and inspects several areas of its work each year as part of its quality assurance processes. Research reports, client and stakeholder feedback are other ways we do this. This year we invited an outside organisation, SSET to audit our Probation and post release supervision services as our principle inspection.
The CPAI is a form of structured audit or inspection developed in Canada which measures how closely services are aligned with the principles of effective practice established by research. Programmes and services which are most closely aligned with these principles have been found to be more effective in reducing re-offending.
Although widely used in North America, the CPAI has only recently been introduced to Europe and is still being piloted in Britain where it has been used to evaluate a number of programmes in Wales.
The report for Jersey can be found here.
An extract of the executive summary states:
“The evaluation identified JPACS as having a number of strengths, achieving the highest possible rating of very satisfactory in every domain relating to effective practice and 100% scores in domains relating to the characteristics of management and staff, inter-agency communication and evaluation practices. This indicates that JPACS is currently well placed to deliver effective intervention services that reduce the reoffending of clients and, as a strong, professionalised service, to continue to develop these in response to the recommendations outlined in this report.”
Brian Heath, Chief Probation Officer said:
“I was delighted to receive such a positive report on our work. The overall score of 85% speaks for itself and I was particularly pleased that all eight scoring sections were assessed as being in the strongest “very satisfactory” category. Like all good audits and inspections the report makes recommendations to help us improve further the services we offer.”
Chief Probation Officer Brian Heath elected to the Board of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP).
Brian Heath Chief Probation Officer was elected for a three year term to the nine member management board of the CEP at its 12th General Assembly in October.
The CEP www.cep-probation.org aims to promote the social inclusion of offenders through community sanctions and measures such as probation, community service, mediation and conciliation. CEP is committed to enhance the profile of probation and to improve professionalism in this field, on a national and a European level. The organisation promotes pan-European cooperation through conferences on Probation related matters. It makes the reports of these events available, through a digital newsletter and website. To European bodies such as the European Union and the Council of Europe, CEP acts as a spokesperson for the Probation sector, providing expertise and comparative data.