Justin Russell, Chief Inspector of Probation, visits Thames Valley CRC

Earlier this month, Thames Valley CRC was delighted to welcome new Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell, to their Bicester office to find out more about their work. 

Over three hours, Justin met with the CRC’s Senior Management Team and a range of frontline practitioners including representatives from Operations, Programmes and Community Payback. Clearly keen to get an in-depth understanding of what the CRC does, Justin spent a lot of time talking to practitioners.

An opportunity to showcase the CRC’s work

Justin was particularly interested in hearing about the CRC’s interventions. This gave representatives from the Programmes Team an opportunity to talk about some of the great work they do in this area.

This included the recently launched Fostering Identity, Resilience and Strengths Programme, developed by Treatment Manager Katie Hopkins to support a service user’s identity shift. Katie said, “It was good to be able to showcase some of our work.”

Justin was also given a demonstration of Omnia – the CRC’s case management system – by Probation Service Officer David Curtis, and sat in on a service user Community Payback (CP) induction run by CP Placement Manager, Jan Hall.

“It was really good to give Justin an opportunity to see for himself the work we do to induct service users onto CP.” – Jan Hall

The meeting was very timely, coming shortly after the announcement that Thames Valley CRC will be inspected by HMIP in September.

“We were really pleased that Justin prioritised spending time with our practitioners.” said Denise Butt, Deputy Director for Thames Valley CRC, “I’m confident that the meeting gave Justin a really good insight into the CRC’s work.”

Positive feedback

Justin wasted no time in letting Denise know how much he enjoyed his visit, emailing her the next day saying:  “It was very good to meet you and your team yesterday.  I’m very grateful to you all for taking time out to meet with me and talk me through the impressive range of different programmes that you offer, and to get a chance to see the Omnia case management system in action. I could see why it has gone down so well with your staff.”


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