HIOW CRC rated “good” by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation

HIOW CRC rated “good” by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation image

Caption: HIOW CRC’s chief executive officer Kim Thornden-Edwards

The Hampshire & Ilse of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC) is proud to receive the first ‘good’ rating in the country from independent inspectors.

The probation company is one of five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) owned by Interserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment services group. CRCs provide probation services to offenders who are assessed as posing a low and medium risk of harm.

HIOW CRC is the first CRC out of 21 to receive a ‘good’ rating by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) since they were launched in 2015. HMIP’s rigorous criteria and in-depth inspections involve meeting with staff, offenders and the judiciary to assess how each CRC is performing.

The report particularly praised HIOW CRC’s “dedicated staff group” and the fact the CRC has put service users at the heart of developing the organisation via its Service User Councils. Other aspects that were applauded included the leadership, middle management and the Community Payback team which delivers unpaid work orders made by the courts.

HIOW CRC has just under 200 staff and supervises more than 4,000 people who are either on licence from prison or who are sentenced to a community order or suspended custodial sentence.

HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey said: “The CRC has the essentials in place to deliver a good probation service that supports people to move away from further offending and protects the public.

“It is laudable to see the CRC has evidence-based plans and is working with leading academics in the field to improve their work still further.”

Kim Thornden-Edwards, HIOW CRC’s chief executive, said: “We are immensely proud to be the first CRC nationally to receive a ‘good’ rating.

“We believe the best way to protect the public is by supporting offenders to build on their strengths and make positive changes to their lives so that they do not re-offend.

“Interserve won the CRC contracts in June, 2015. Since then across Interserve’s five CRCs we have reduced reoffending by an additional 1,070 service users. This means there are fewer victims of crime thanks to the efforts of our dedicated staff and our pioneering approach to rehabilitation.”

Since the CRCs came into being, reoffending rates have reduced by 2.5 per cent and the 21 are likely to save the taxpayer £700 million over the five-year contract period.

To read the report in full, please click this link.