The Department recognises that the expertise and commitment of voluntary sector organisations is vital in helping offenders turn their lives around. The Department aims to encourage greater involvement of the voluntary sector in the provision of probation services through the next generation of probation contracts.
We undertook a public consultation on this and other proposals to improve probation in summer 2018, and we are currently reflecting on the feedback received as we refine and test our plans. In particular, the Department is exploring which commercial and commissioning arrangements will best promote the involvement of the voluntary sector and how to encourage providers to develop their supply chains. Additionally, we are considering the ways in which a strengthened regional role for the HMPPS can foster closer links between providers and voluntary sector organisations.