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Supporting People and Probation

Research indicates that addressing the housing needs of offenders is crucial to reduction of reoffending and protection of the public. Some offenders they are unable to live independently without support, either temporary or longer term.

If Probation is going to effectively contribute to the reduction of reoffending, management of risk and protect the public, it is essential they engage effectively with the assessment of supported housing need, referral to appropriate community resources and the development of such resources. To undertake these tasks they need to work in partnership with Local Authorities, Health, Social Services and Providers to identify joint strategies to address the particular problems offenders present.

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Those staff in Probation who are charged with establishing Probation's role in Supporting People locally, regionally or sub regionally are crucial to its success. It is therefore of great importance that early attention is given to building effective working partnerships across the agency divides and any problems are identified early with those who are responsible for assisting with implementation.

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The Home Office, through the National Probation Directorate, have established two posts for Probation Services to use for help and advice on Supporting People. Get in touch!

Derek Kettlewell, England & Wales (except London)
NPS West Yorkshire
Probation Centre
Spring Hall Lane
Tel: 01422 340211
Fax: 01422 320998

Helen Cash, London
National Probation Directorate
Horseferry House, 1st Floor
Dean Ryle Street
London SW1P 2AW
Tel: 020 7271 8681
Fax: 020 7217 0660
Mobile: 07990541323

More information on the National Probation Service for England & Wales