Probation data

On 26th June 2021 the privatised probation services (the Community Rehabilitation Companies) were returned to public control, and absorbed into the newly named "Probation Service". The unified Probation Service is now responsible for managing all those on a court order or licence following their release from prison in England and Wales. There are now 12 probation regions across England and Wales, introducing 11 new probation regions in England; arrangements in Wales remain unchanged.

The Impacts of COVID-19

Probation acted swiftly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, adapting systems and processes to rapidly determine the delivery levels possible and mobilising teams to achieve this at pace. This included ensuring face to face contact remained with those people on probation posing the highest risk and introducing new, innovative ways of working to supervise others and to continue to deliver other aspects of probation.

Delivery has continued to adapt in response to restrictions both locally and nationally. The development of Exceptional Delivery Models enabled Regional Probation Directors to take decisions around what services they are able to provide in their regions based on local circumstances, and flex these quickly as the situation changes. The Probation Service has since driven recovery progress forward as quickly as restrictions have allowed, in line with Public Health and Health and Safety guidance. All regions in England and Wales ceased to use their Covid Exceptional Delivery Models on 31st January 2022 and transitioned onto a Prioritisation Framework. This Framework allows Regional Probation Directors to focus on delivering key public protection responsibilities and have flexibility to adjust or pause other delivery areas identified in the framework if needed.


Probation caseload overview

Supervision type

A small number (less than 20) of deferred sentences not shown. At 30 Jun 2022.

Order type

A small number (less than 10) of pre-CJA orders not shown. At 30 Jun 2022.

Sex

All probation service supervision. At 30 Jun 2022.


Offence type


Key statistics relating to offenders who are under Probation Service or Community Rehabilitation Company supervision in England and Wales.

Court order probation supervision starts

23,729

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Pre-release probation supervision starts

14,787

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Probation caseload

243,127

Value for 30 Jun 2022. View time series.

Terminations of community orders

13,252

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Terminations of suspended sentence orders

5,852

Value for Apr-Jun 2022. View time series.

Serious further offence convictions

245

Value for 2020/21. View time series.


On 26th June 2021 the privatised probation services (the Community Rehabilitation Companies) were returned to public control, and absorbed into the newly named "Probation Service". The unified Probation Service is now responsible for managing all those on a court order or licence following their release from prison in England and Wales. There are now 12 probation regions across England and Wales, introducing 11 new probation regions in England; arrangements in Wales remain unchanged.

The Impacts of COVID-19

Probation acted swiftly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, adapting systems and processes to rapidly determine the delivery levels possible and mobilising teams to achieve this at pace. This included ensuring face to face contact remained with those people on probation posing the highest risk and introducing new, innovative ways of working to supervise others and to continue to deliver other aspects of probation.

Delivery has continued to adapt in response to restrictions both locally and nationally. The development of Exceptional Delivery Models enabled Regional Probation Directors to take decisions around what services they are able to provide in their regions based on local circumstances, and flex these quickly as the situation changes. The Probation Service has since driven recovery progress forward as quickly as restrictions have allowed, in line with Public Health and Health and Safety guidance. All regions in England and Wales ceased to use their Covid Exceptional Delivery Models on 31st January 2022 and transitioned onto a Prioritisation Framework. This Framework allows Regional Probation Directors to focus on delivering key public protection responsibilities and have flexibility to adjust or pause other delivery areas identified in the framework if needed.

Judicial Engagement

67.0%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Initial appointment for community sentences

78.6%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Initial appointment for releases from custody

92.2%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Initial sentence plan for community sentences and releases

85.0%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Timely risk management plans (recall reports part B)

91.6%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Timely parole reports

85.8%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Completion of targeted interventions for people convicted of sexual offences

49.3%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Housed on release from custody

77.6%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Settled accommodation at 3 months post release

71.0%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Settled accommodation at 3 months post community disposal

80.8%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Employed at 6 weeks post release from custody

12.7%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Employed at 6 months post release

19.8%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Employed at 6 months post community disposal

38.9%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Persons positive experience

74.6%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Unpaid work starts within 15 business days of sentence

33.6%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.

Unpaid work completions within 12 months

36.4%

Value for Jan-Mar 2022 . View time series.


Additional information on the operation of the Probation Service.

On 26th June 2021 the privatised probation services (the Community Rehabilitation Companies) were returned to public control, and absorbed into the newly named "Probation Service". The unified Probation Service is now responsible for managing all those on a court order or licence following their release from prison in England and Wales. There are now 12 probation regions across England and Wales, introducing 11 new probation regions in England; arrangements in Wales remain unchanged.

Staff in post (PS)

17,639

Value for March 2022. View time series.

Average working days lost to sickness (PS)

12.9 days

Value for 2021-22. View time series.