A publicly owned company has been created to take over from the probation service in Northumberland.
Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (Northumbria CRC) was officially launched on Sunday, as part of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme, which involves a reorganisation of probation services.
Northumbria CRC’s key priorities are to protect the public and reduce reoffending. It will work with adult offenders in the community, including those subject to community orders, suspended sentence orders or released from prison on licence.
Northumbria CRC will deliver the majority of probation services in north Northumberland, taking over most of the work previously undertaken by Northumbria Probation Trust. This includes Community Payback, offending behaviour programmes, work to address lifestyle issues and victim awareness work.
Headed up by chief executive Nick Hall, the former chief executive of Northumbria Probation Trust, Northumbria CRC’s 350 staff also come from a probation background, having transferred their employment from the former trust.
Mr Hall said: “As Northumbria Probation Trust we had a long history of delivering results. We were the only probation trust to achieve the highest performance rating for five consecutive years.
“Northumbria CRC will build on this expertise and experience to further develop our services. Our new structure will enable us to really focus our efforts and deliver the best results for local communities.”