Statement on HMIP thematic inspection of SFOs

MTC managing director, David Hood, said:

“We welcome Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) thematic inspection into serious further offences (SFOs) and how the probation system as a whole can learn from mistakes.

“To learn from mistakes, it is vital we have a culture of transparency, accountability and empowerment which allows people to raise concerns without fear. I am encouraged by the way MTC has changed the way it deals with mistakes in practice by building a culture which allows us to address these issues openly and support colleagues to make positive decisions.

“More resource and investment is needed to ensure the right capacity is in place to mitigate against serious further offences taking place.

“We continue to work closely with the National Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice to play our part in improving our service in the interests of all our stakeholders, not least those whose lives have been changed in the aftermath of a serious further offence by someone already known to the criminal justice system.”

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  1. Brian Pederson

    As a newcomer to the sector, I am not qualified nor experienced enough to make comments upon the professionally developed SFO processes reviewed by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

    However, it does seem that there are issues in the HMIP report that relate to awareness, understanding, engagement, active participation and feedback of Serious Further Offences reviews and reports by victims and their families. The feedback that was obtained from those who were, and indeed still are, directly affected indicates that the vocabulary made available to them is not appropriate for them. A professionally ‘jargon loaded’ vocabulary that has naturally been acquired over time by professionals who have a need for speed and efficiency could, with some thought and discussion, be much more simplified to enable accessibility by victims, their families and those affected.

    Thank you for letting me have my say. I hope that it helps in some small way.