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Cohort Model Changes in the CRC

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Changes to probation are occurring all over the country at the moment, a prime example is in London & Thames Valley CRC's after the award to MTC Novo. The new contract began after MTC Novo won a bid in May 2015 and a specific aim of theirs has been to introduce a Cohort Model for offenders. After a lot of effort and planning, this Cohort model was implemented as of 7th December 2015.

The cohort model has staff specialise in working with specific types of offenders to promote thorough support in rehabilitation; thereby taking traditional values and modernizing the methods. The groups are as follows:
• 18-25 year old males
• Working age males
• Older males (50+)
• Mental health/learning disabilities
• Women

During these changes, there’s some rumour that Probation staff members have been finding it slightly unsettling. MTC Novo see the changes, specifically the cohort model groups, as necessary to benefit both staff and offenders; efficiency in staff members day to day regime and sustainability in offenders rehabilitation.

To understand the rationale behind the Cohort Model and how it will work, it is important to look at who MTC Novo are; MTC Novo are a new venture made up of the public, third and private sector:
- MTC (Management and Training Corporation) social rehabilitation and justice expert
- Novo- grouping the following shareholders:
o RISE - partner for accredited programmes e.g. RAR's (Rehabilitation Activity Requirements) replacing SAR's (Specified Activity Requirements)
o A Band of Brothers- charity for positive social change in 18-25 male offenders
o The Manchester College (TMC)- National education provider/market leader delivering justice sector learning in prisons
o Thames Valley Partnership (TVP)- Restorative Justice/mentoring charity
o Amey- public service provider with local/central government

The long term goal for MTC Novo (and presumably other CRC’s with similar new approaches) is to replace the previous geographical based groups and instead focus upon particular demographic groups. Adaptations to do so include having allocated officers who may specialise in certain cases and using specialised teams or partners alongside certain cases. With MTC's background of training and management of offender’s programmes, interlinked with Novo's partnerships from public, third and private sector e.g. charities/education providers targeting certain areas, they are confident they will meet their targets for effective adaptation.

There are two main driving forces behind adopting these changes: To improve the offenders understanding of their crime, preventing recidivism and improve their future, along with creating an effective and responsive streamline work process for staff members.

If you would like to read more about the changes in London and Thames Valley, please visit Alternatively you could take a look at the ‘On Probation Blog’ Forum at

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