Probation service praised

A PROBATION service has been praised by Government inspectors for keeping people safe and helping offenders into work.

Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust (DTVPT) has been recently inspected by HM Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP).

The review focused on three main areas: Risk of harm, likelihood of reoffending and enforcement.

DTVPT’s results were compared with scores from other English regions already inspected and came ahead of the national averages in each of the categories.

Liz Calderbank, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation, said: “Overall, we consider this an extremely creditable set of findings.”

Russell Bruce, chief executive of the trust, said he is “extremely pleased” with the results.

He added: “They demonstrate that Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust is performing better than the national average in a number of areas: managing safely the risk of harm an offender presents, changing an offenders attitude and behaviour and engaging the offender to comply with the requirements of their sentence.”

A further inspection was carried out by Ofsted, which assessed the opportunities for offenders to improve their education and learn new skills in a bid to find work.

The report said: “Unemployed offenders were given good help to improve their employment prospects. They received good information advice and guidance and good support to develop their job seeking skills.

“The number of offenders finding sustainable employment was particularly good.”