Transforming Rehabilitation Contents


Commmittee information


1 Introduction

Probation in England and Wales

Transforming Rehabilitation reforms

Our inquiry

Aims of this Report

2 Transforming Rehabilitation reforms

How were probation services delivered before TR?

Aims of the reforms

Why did the then Government make changes to probation?

What changes were introduced under the TR reforms?

3 Structural issues

CRC Contracts

“Black box” contracts

Payment mechanisms in the contract

Changes to the contracts

Financial viability of the contracts

Contract management

Provider performance

Outcomes v outputs

Reductions in reoffending and Payment by Results

Tackling underperformance

NPS/CRC split

Rate Card


4 Providers and working relationships

The voluntary sector

Involvement of the voluntary sector

Contractual barriers to further involvement of the voluntary sector

Working with the courts


Numbers of staff


Training and workload

Data sharing across the system and IT

5 Support for offenders on probation

Short custodial sentences

Short custodial sentences v community sentences

12-month post-sentence supervision period

Through the Gate

12-week intervention point

Types of activities and frequency of contact

How probation support is delivered

Unpaid work orders

Specific needs of offenders


Employment and education


ID/Bank cards

6 The long-term delivery of probation services

Is the current system salvageable?

When should a review take place?

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Summary of previous evidence relating to Transforming Rehabilitation reforms

Annex 2: Summary of recommendations with a specific timeframe

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 22 June 2018