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June 2012 - BASW England Consultation Response to MoJ consultation – Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services

The major concern the Association has about these proposed changes stem from the potential they have to lead to a similar dysfunctional fragmentation of services which has occurred in childcare since similar changes were introduced there. Coupled with this is the notion that it would be effective to split the system in two with Probation Officers directly employed by the Probation Trusts retaining responsibility to provide a service to “high end” offenders whilst the remainder are serviced by contractors which gives us very little optimism that these proposed changes will improve services. We consider that this is an arbitrary division, not necessarily based on any criterion of need and is essentially driven by a desire to reduce costs.