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Probation and After-Care Service report

13 February 2014

The Jersey Probation and After-Care Service (JPACS) has published its annual report and business plan online.
The report highlights that in 2013:
  • over 20,000 hours of community service work was performed by offenders for Jersey not-for-profit organisations and charities, as an alternative to serving a prison sentence
  • the Jersey Family Court Advisory Service has absorbed £200,000 worth of children’s guardian work which previously would have been outsourced
  • the work pioneered by JPACS in establishing and measuring effective individual supervision practice has been recognised internationally and is being embedded locally through training and supervision
  • an inspection into community service was published and an inspection into social enquiry report practice for the courts has been conducted
In 2014: 
  • the inspection report into social enquiry report practice will be published
  • the latest in a series of reconviction data for people sentenced by the Jersey Courts will be published
  • the services provided for the family division of the Royal Court will be inspected
  • the emphasis on developing and maintaining probation officers’ supervision skills will be continued
  • the Service aims to increase the proportion of prisoners who choose to keep in contact post release through voluntary after-care
  • JPACS will work with partner agencies through the ‘Lean’ methodology to ensure that vital multi-agency processes are as efficient as possible
  • JPACS will ensure that it is ready to comply with both the spirit and legalities of the freedom of information legislation due in 2015
Chief Probation Officer, Mr Brian Heath, said “The report describes our efforts to constantly improve our services and maintain our reputation for effectiveness and efficiency.”
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