Risk assessment the Dutch way: a scalable, easy to use tool for probation reports

An important task of a probation officer is to provide information to courts and prisons about the offender’s risk of doing harm, the risk of re-offending and to provide them with an appropriate risk management plan. To improve the process of making a report and to make it more efficient, the Dutch probation organisations have developed a new tool for making risk assessments and probation reports.

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A portrait of a small probation organisation: Jersey Probation and After Care Service

Every probation organisation in Europe is different from the other, although most of them have a lot of similarities. There are some that are different from all the others. I’m talking about the smallest member organisations of the CEP. In this special series of articles, you can read about what makes them special, how they function, about the positives of working in a small organisation and about the difficulties that are sometimes faced. The first organisation to kickoff the series is: the Jersey Probation and After Care Service. Chief Probation Officer Brian Heath tells us about his organisation. 


CoE online course on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters available!  

The Council of Europe's Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) programme  and the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC), with the assistance of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), have developed a free online course on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters.


A very successful 3rd World Congress on Probation in Japan

The Third World Congress on Probation has been a fabulous and successful event. Excellent presentations and plenary speakers sharing practices, critical analyses and possible solutions to the complex challenges in the use of community-based sanctions worldwide. The support, location visits, cultural events and hospitality extended throughout The Third World Congress on Probation by our Japanese hosts have been outstanding.

The inspiring examples of the community engagement, volunteer ethos and belief in everyone’s capacity to change that imbues probation in Japan and Asian neighbours will long remain with delegates and will, hopefully, inspire and influence how we work with people and communities.


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