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Statement as report finds rehabilitation of sex offenders lacking

24 January 2019 (updated on 24 January 2019)

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Rory Stewart, the Minister of State for Justice, addressed the House of Commons following the publication of a joint HMI Prisons and HMI Probation Report on the management and supervision of men convicted of sexual offences.

A report published by HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons found that significant improvement is needed to ensure sexual offenders are managed effectively in prison and in the community.

While investigators commended the NPS Victim Liaison Officers for their work with victims of sexual offences, they found that uncertainty in how to understand, support and ultimately rehabilitate sexual offenders was failing to protect the public or address probation violations.

Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey said:

“Sexual offence convictions are increasingly common, yet despite evidence that we can reduce the risk of these individuals reoffending, little if any meaningful work is being done in prisons. With many probation staff unsure what to do for the best with sexual offenders under probation supervision, the public are not sufficiently protected."

Speaking for the Government, Rory Stewart MP said, “Nobody should underestimate, in any way, the seriousness of this type of offence or our obligation as a government – or as government agencies – to protect the public from sex offences”.

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