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probation service

a long-established form of specialized SOCIAL WORK (under the auspices of the Home Office) principally focused upon criminal offenders, but with a recent additional interest in the families of offenders and in matters associated with the welfare of children of divorcing couples. The core task for probation officers is the preparation of Pre-sentence Reports on proven offenders for the courts, to assist magistrates and judges in sentencing. For those serving custodial sentences the probation officer has a generic welfare role both during incarceration and on the return of the offender to the community. The profession has shown a commitment to non- custodial sentences, including the probation order, the community service order and forms of intermediate treatment. The training of probation officers includes substantial contributions from the field of sociology, including the sociology of crime and deviance.
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Mrs Lumley, chief officer with the National Probation Service Teesside, says the service has a target of finding and sustaining employment for at least 188 offenders for the 12 months beginning in March, But, she says, only 22 gained work in the first three months from March to June.
Among the businesses and government organisations it works with are the National Probation Service, Milford Haven Port Authority, PR and marketing company Golley Slater, and the DVLA.
Decisions about the placement of offenders are made by the National Probation Service in close partnership with the police and other agencies as part of the multi-agency public protection arrangement.
Other employers at the event include AA Insurance Services, Avon Cosmetics Ltd, Barclays Bank, Careers At Sea, Citifinancial Europe plc, Holiday Inn, Inland Revenue, National Probation Service Northumbria, the Royal Air Force and many more.
Chief Probation Officer Carol Moore said that since April the North Wales area of the National Probation Service had been delivering a programme effective in reducing offending by sex offenders.
Elaine Lumley, chief officer with the National Probation Service on Teesside, stressed that one of the main benefits of Community Payback is it means offenders are seen to be doing work which can benefit to the local area.
Some 47% of the business park was pre-let, with tenants including the National Probation Service.
The event, run by the National Probation Service Teesside and Hartlepool Council, outlined initiatives.
The report by the National Probation Service aims to highlight how a "mix and match" of community sentences was key to rehabilitating those offenders and ending the revolving door of crime, court and prison.
But the National Probation Service added that the services's risk assessment for offenders needing improving.
Offenders ordered to do unpaid work will see changes in the way they serve their sentence, according to the National Probation Service.
The National Probation Service wants to turn St John's Church Hall in Old Colwyn into a place where criminals can learn about crime prevention.

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