The HMIP inspection of Thames Valley CRC was published today (Tuesday 21 January) and has upgraded the rating to ‘Good’. Executive Director of Probation at MTC, Gabriel Amahwe, said ‘this is a result of excellent work across the CRC.’
Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell said ‘Thames Valley have continued to invest in staff development and build good quality services.’
Thames Valley CRC received one ‘outstanding’ rating, for our work in resettlement, the report finding that there are ‘robust processes’ to share information with police and other agencies, ensuring we continue to protect victims and vulnerable people. This follows the improving picture of London CRC, where in August 2019, Inspectors recognised its strong leadership and motivated employees.
Thames Valley CRC were also credited for developing a range of evidence-based interventions. Over the past 12 months we have introduced six new interventions, increased facilitator posts by 20 per cent and reduced waiting lists for accredited courses substantially.
Gabriel Amahwe said ‘Today’s report shows that our investment in people, technology and our service since we took over responsibility for supervising and supporting low and medium risk offenders in 2014 is paying off. It demonstrates our commitment to improve the quality and value of our work through our talented, hardworking and dedicated employees and through our partners in the community.
‘Next year, supervision of service users is set to be transferred to the South West South Central division of the National Probation Service (also currently rated as ‘Good’ by HMIP) and I will be continuing to oversee the Thames Valley area in my new role as South Central Regional Probation Director.
‘For now, we must ensure our excellent progress is not lost during the transition of our caseload to other agencies. We will work closely with the NPS in the months ahead to transfer our work in a way that prioritises the people we support, communities we service and continues to deliver a service of which we can all be proud.’