Joining with Others Against Crime

The Probation Service works with a range of statutory and voluntary sector partners who enhance our work with dangerous people, with those addicted to drugs or alcohol, those who need extra education or training and help with finding a job, or those who need financial and other advice.

Preventing Crime – Protecting the Public

Probation plays a key role, with colleagues in other Criminal Justice organisation, in the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). They are joined by non-criminal justice colleagues from Social Services, Health, Housing, employment agencies and others to plan for the safe management of known individuals convicted of serious violence or sex offences. Anticipating potential re-offenders and taking early action to ensure public safety, MAPPA meetings are held regularly in the six major Essex towns to check on work done, and to plan the next sequence of activities.

Work with Prolific Offenders

10% of offenders commit 50% of offences. The Local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships have set up Prolific Offender Teams to meet regularly to bring a new approach to combating crime. Like MAPPA, the meetings are attended by the organisations that can contribute to managing the major prolific offenders in each town.

Partnerships in action in Essex

Our partnerships with the voluntary and independent sector include contracts to provide for

  • Drug and alcohol services;
  • Housing search and provision,
  • Basic Skills courses;
  • Employment search and advice,
  • General advice and information giving;
  • One-to-one therapeutic work;
  • Counselling services;
  • Alternative therapies for people coming off drugs;
  • Finance and debt counselling
  • Volunteers to work with victims
  • Small business advice and guidance
  • Psychometric testing
  • Tutors for specific programmes
  • Volunteers to provide practical assistance to offenders
  • Mentoring services for minority group offenders
  • Psychologist consultancy for sex offender work


Offenders are screened by probation staff and then thoseidentified as in need of assistance are referred on. The offender’s individual action plan will include the work they are embarking on with a partner agency.

Local Criminal Justice Boards

In recent years, Chief Executive members from the 6 key Criminal Justice agencies have formed the Essex Criminal Justice Board. Responsible for local CJS delivery, they aim to improve co-ordination between the Criminal Justice agencies, meeting targets set for them nationally and engaging wider delivery partners through a consultation group.

The broad aims are to:

  • Reduce Crime & Prevent Re-offending
  • Create an Efficient and Effective CJS
  • Increase Public Confidence in the CJS
  • Create a 21st Century CJS
  • Tackle Youth Justice Effectively

This important partnership in Essex has so far made substantial achievements:

  • Reduction in recorded crime
  • Prolific and other priority offender strategy in place
  • Increased number of offences brought to justice
  • Meeting targets for reducing ineffective trials
  • Reduced the number of outstanding fail to appear warrants
  • Reduced the time taken to resolve breaches of community penalties
  • Engaged the public – for example, through Inside Justice Week
  • Improved services to victims and witnesses of crime for example through Witness Care Units, Victims Code of Practice, funding for Victim Support
  • Consistently meeting the timeliness target for dealing swiftly with Persistent Young Offenders