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Probation Service

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring and evaluation his Department carried out on perpetrators programmes run by the Probation Service. (105326)

The National Probation Service has two accredited programmes for domestic violence (DV) perpetrators. All accredited programmes have in place monitoring systems to ensure that they are delivered properly. They have a complementary programme of research which will allow evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme. The monitoring includes assessment of perpetrators, supervision of programme facilitators, attendance monitoring, and video recording of all programmes sessions.

The Home Office is planning two studies: a process evaluation (which will aim to assess whether programmes are being delivered as intended by all probation areas; assess whether data is being collated and to what quality; make an assessment of readiness for a full-scale outcome evaluation; and provide recommendations for operational and design improvements to the DV programmes) and a study of desistance (which will aim to provide some in-depth explanatory information on how DV programmes assisted a small number of offenders to desist from crime after completing their order).

In the longer term, an independent evaluation of the outcomes is planned, which will use reconviction rates, police call-out data, victim reports and psychometric assessment as outcome measures. This will not begin until we are confident the programmes are being implemented satisfactorily.