Welcome to York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust

Our vision is to reduce reoffending by providing effective and efficient probation services which meet local needs.

York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust is a criminal justice agency, responsible for protecting the public in York and North Yorkshire by punishing and rehabilitating offenders. Across the county we are working to reduce crime and to help build safer communities.

We are one of 35 probation trusts in England and Wales that makes up the full range of effective probation services. The Ministry of Justice has an overall responsibility for the probation services and is also responsible for courts, prisons and constitutional affairs.

We are responsible for the delivery of reports about offenders to the courts and the supervision of offenders in the community. We also deliver programmes and interventions to rehabilitate offenders and reduce the chance of them committing crime in the future.

Our aims are:

  • protecting the public
  • reducing reoffending
  • the proper punishment of offenders in the community
  • ensuring offenders are awareness of the effects of crime on their victim and the public
  • rehabilitation of offenders

As a critical player in the Criminal Justice System we work alongside other criminal justice agencies to achieve our aims: North Yorkshire Police, Prison Service, the Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, and many other partner agencies throughout York and North Yorkshire.

The Probation Service has become the first ever public sector organisation to be awarded the British Quality Foundation’s Gold Medal for Excellence.

Probation and Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt received the award on behalf of the Probation Service at a ceremony attended by Princess Anne on Thursday evening (Oct 13).
The BQF Gold Medal for Excellence is awarded every year to an organisation which stands out as an example of excellence to others and demonstrates continued commitment to sustained improvement over a number of years.
This year five probation trusts – Humberside, Devon & Cornwall, Leicestershire and Rutland, Merseyside and Surrey & Sussex – have received the top 5 star awards in the BQF excellence scheme.
Crispin Blunt, Prisons and Probation Minister, said:
“This prestigious award recognises the professionalism of probation staff and the excellence of their work. This very public recognition of not just what they do but, perhaps more importantly, how well they do it, will be a source of pride for probation staff.”
Michael Spurr, Chief Executive Officer of NOMS said:
“Probation should be really proud to have received such a prestigious award which is recognition of excellent work by staff.”
Colin Allars, NOMS director of Probation and Contracted Services, who attended the ceremony with the chief executives of the five star trusts and Kate Knight, Probation Champion of the Year 2011, said:
“This award is for everyone who works in the probation service. Across all grades and roles, probation staff can be counted on for their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence.”
Previous winners include Ricoh UK Products, Siemens UK and TNT Express.


How to cope with Sex addiction on probation ?

Corrie Davidson has been working in the addictions field in Cape Town since 1982 having completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work at UCT in Cape Town. Corrie was also the first South African to qualify as a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist (CSAT). Corrie facilitates the sex addiction treatment programme at Ixande, an extremely well established rehabilitation centre in Cape Town, South Africa, that caters for clients that suffer from sex addiction, gambling addiction and many other process addictions. Corrie was privileged to have trained under Dr Patrick Carnes in the USA. Dr Carnes has more than 30 years’ experience in the treatment of sex addiction and was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. Patrick Carnes is also the founder of IITAP, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and the author of several bestselling books on the topic of sex addiction and the treatment of sex addiction. For people who are on probation, having any form of addiction can be a huge hinderance. Many of those that come through our doors do suffer from one addiction or another. Sex addiction is not uncommon. For somebody on probation to be arrested with a prostitute would result in their probation terms being cut short and they could find themselves back in jail, It is imperative that those on probation that do show these tendencies, get honest and face them via treatment or a twelve step program.

Sex addiction is a very real and debilitating form of addiction that in several cases can be traced back to childhood abuse or trauma. There is absolutely nothing glamorous about sex addiction. Like other process addictions, it is progressive and compulsive. The sex addict will continue a cycle of repeating the same behaviours that often result in extreme feelings of guilt and shame. These behaviours are compulsive and beyond the control of the sex addict unless they are treated for it. A sex addict will continue to engage in extra marital affairs, compulsive and obsessive viewing of pornography, masturbation and prostitution, regardless of the negative consequences these actions have on their personal lives and relationships with others.

The sex addiction treatment programme at Ixande is South Africa’s first dedicated in-patient sex addiction facility. The programme offered by Ixande utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach, which includes cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management, and the spiritual and family aspects of sex addiction treatment. Ixande offers a dedicated 24 hour nursing staff, full accommodation and meals in a nurturing and therapeutic setting. Ixande also encourages integration into the twelve step based sex addiction fellowships, SLAA and SAA, for maintaining recovery in sex addiction and sharing in the experiences and strength of other recovering sex addicts.

Of all the sex addiction rehabilitation centres in Cape Town, Ixande has established itself the best in providing quality and affordable treatment for clients from South Africa , UK, Holland and several other countries. The word “Ixande” is translated into “house of many corners”. For those seeking reprieve from the devastation that is caused by drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction and sex addiction, “The house of many corners” is the perfect choice. Ixande is described in the many testimonials on it’s website as a “home away from home”. Clients suffering from sex addiction are given special attention by Corrie Davidson during their stay at Ixande, as well as being provided with the opportunity to attend the twelve step meetings in the area that focus on sex addiction.


Alcohol free Accommodation for those that need it

South Africa is an extremely popular destination for British tourists and travelers and is home to a large British expat community. Many of those that are either on probation or have successfully completed their probation period are people who have previously suffered from alcoholism or some form of drug addiction. Substance abuse and crime go hand in hand and many of those on probation are also enrolled in addiction recovery programs. We have had some very good reports from our expat community about Scotswood Sober House Cape Town. Scotswood is a sober living house in Cape Town that offers people who are looking for accommodation in a beautiful and luxurious environment, whilst being safeguarded from the temptation to consume alcohol or engage in any form substance abuse. The demand for this form of accommodation is actually much higher than what one would think it is and it is an extremely valuable option for those that are on probation and have also previously struggled with alcohol or substance abuse. The Scotswood sober living house in Cape Town was recommended to us by one our old members that has since emigrated to South Africa and now resides in the picturesque city of Cape Town. William who was with us several years ago has managed to turn his life around completely and now manages a successful bed and breakfast in Cape Town with his family. When William first came to us in 2009, his life was in ruins, an alcoholic on probation for an offense he has no memory of committing.

William has remained in contact with us and on occasion we have referred people traveling to Cape Town for business or vacation to his Bed and Breakfast. Being a recovering alcoholic himself, William realized through chatting to some of his guests how they struggled in being away from their support at home to remain committed to their sobriety and not get caught up in the festive cape Town lifestyle. The Scotswood Sober Living House is a well managed establishment that caters for the needs of those looking for a safe, sober, alcohol and substance free environment to stay in Cape Town. Scotswood provides cooked dinners from Sunday through to Friday and is otherwise self catering. The property is absolutely stunning with beautiful gardens and swimming pool. For those in need there is even access to counselling at Scotswood. Besides a glowing recommendation from one of our own members the establishment has some great reviews and testimonials from previous residents and customers on their website.

Anybody looking for further information or who would like to contact William directly can please contact us directly through our contact page and we will gladly put you in touch with him.


Report on Article : Time to tackle crime head on

The “Community action against crime: Innovation fund” encourages creative new approaches to tackling crime. The fund is worth £5 million in England in 2011/12, with a further £5 million set aside for 2012/13. Applications are being welcomed from voluntary and community groups in North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire in an effort to see the region take full advantage of the funding available.

The scheme is funded by the Home Office and will be delivered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF).

It is hoped that the scheme will encourage effective community partnerships to get everybody working together to develop and deliver innovative approaches to tackle the local crime issues that really matter to them.

Voluntary and community groups can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 for innovative projects that will deliver lasting benefits in tackling local crime issues, with a particular focus on antisocial behaviour, drug/alcohol related crime, violence, youth crime and reducing re-offending.

Examples of the type of innovative projects that could qualify for funding include a community art programme created in partnership to tackle graffiti, or a drama group set up to reduce youth crime by involving young people in the community in a creative way.

The Fund is open to applications from now until 1st December 2011 via CDF. Applications from grassroots community activists who are not traditional recipients of government grants are particularly encouraged.

Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) has been asked to publicise the funding in the local area, and also to form a cross-regional panel which will assess all the applications received for the areas of North Yorkshire and East Riding.

To find out more about eligibility and the online application process please contact CDF on 02078 331772 (choosing option 3) or email crime.innovation@cdf.org.uk. Alternatively visit http://www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/crime-innovation-fund for more information.