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Probation service still fails victims of rape and violence, inspectors find

PROBATION FAIL

The finding comes a year after it emerged victims were not told their rapist was being released

VICTIMS of rape and violence are still being let down by the probation service.

One in five victims of serious offences in London were not offered support, inspectors found.

And those given help were not told when their attacker would be freed from jail. The report into the National Probation Service by Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey comes a year after she found some rape victims were not told their assailant was due to be released.

Dame Glenys said: “There has been significant media, parliamentary and public interest in the London division’s work. It is deeply concerning to see that some victims of serious crime are still being failed.”

The publicly run NPS, which supervises more than 17,000 offenders in London alone, was told it “requires improvement”.

In the cases studied, one in five victims were not recorded on the national database.

And where victims had been identified in court hearings and police files, a third were not contacted quickly enough after sentencing. Several victims were not seen at all by liaison officers and in a third of cases problems between probation staff affected victims’ safety.

The report added: “This was a missed opportunity to support those who had been subject to violent and sexual offending, and who were arguably the most vulnerable.”

It also found London NPS had more than 150 vacancies and relied on temporary staff.

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