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Probation Board taking part in HMPPS Insights22 Festival for Probation and Prisons

The Festival has a programme of 500 events to allow attendees to learn, share, connect and celebrate the great work taking place across the Criminal Justice System. This includes a number of events related to Probation with events being a mix of taking place face to face and online.

HMPPS Insights22 Festival events are FREE to attend and are open to all staff and volunteers who work for, and alongside, HM Prison and Probation Service.

There are a number of events taking place online. One of those online events is being delivered by Probation on 12 May 2022, a seminar “Tackling Domestic Abuse: The Experience in Northern Ireland and Lessons from the Pandemic

According to statistics released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), during the 12 months from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 there were 31,848 domestic abuse incidents in Northern Ireland, one of the highest rates since such records began in 2004/05.

This seminar will bring together speakers from across Criminal Justice along with Chief Executive of Belfast and Lisburn NI Women’s Aid in NI to discuss the work we carry out in partnership to tackle domestic abuse.


  • 1 pm –  Welcome from Head of Communications of PBNI Gail McGreevy
  • 1.05 – “Overview of Domestic Abuse in NI and impact of pandemic” – Chief Executive of Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Kelly Andrews
  • 1.20 – “Protecting the public – How the police service has responded to domestic abuse reforms in NI and the impact of the pandemic” – Detective Superintendent Lindsay Fisher
  • 1.35 – “Protecting the public – The role of PBNI in the Public Protection Arrangements for Northern Ireland. How probation has responded to domestic abuse reforms in NI and the impact of the pandemic” – Assistant Director  Liz Arthur
  • 1.50 – “Developing innovative practice upstream to tackle domestic abuse – the PPRP for non-adjudicated men” – Assistant Director Jill Grant
  • 2.05 – “Domestic Homicide Reviews: A reflection of the first 18 months since the introduction of Domestic Homicide Reviews in Northern Ireland” – DHR Chair Anne Marks
  • 2.20 – Q and A
  • 2.40 – End


PBNI Chief Executive Cheryl Lamont has welcomed the report on ‘Probation practice in Northern Ireland’ published by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland.


Ms Lamont stated: “I welcome this report which reviewed all areas of probation practice during a snapshot in time from October to November in 2019.  There are many elements of the report that are very positive. In particular we welcome the Chief Inspector’s comments that probation has evolved into ‘an award winning organisation’ that has embraced innovation and service development.  The report states that inspectors found many examples of outstanding and good practice and said ‘probation was an exemplar of good practice within criminal justice’ in relation to achieving outcomes.

“I welcome the fact that Inspectors found that despite years of austerity PBNI has taken on ‘additional work in support of Ministerial priorities’ to deliver transformational change. The report also found staff were committed and motivated to support people in reducing their reoffending”.

Ms Lamont continued: “The report has also identified a number of strategic and operational recommendations. We have developed an action plan and already commenced work to address a number of the issues raised. This report will help us take forward the remaining areas of work.  This year we have established a performance practice and research unit to audit and continually improve practice and this will be a key focus for us in the coming months. We have also put in place a ‘People Strategy’ to help develop a culture of learning and continual improvement.”

Probation Board Chair Dale Ashford commented:  “The last number of years have been challenging for PBNI. As one of the smallest organisations within the criminal justice system which receives less than 2% of the justice budget the impact of austerity has been severe.  The Board have been kept updated on the impact of budget cuts over the past number of years and we know that the inability to recruit permanent staff has impacted upon staff morale.  We have worked with the Chief Executive to assist in developing a workforce modernisation strategy which is now well underway.

I want to put on my record the Board’s appreciation of the work carried out by the Chief Executive and her senior team over the last number of years”.

Cheryl Lamont concluded: “We will take forward the recommendations in this report and thank the Chief Inspector and her team for their work which will benefit PBNI delivering on our aim of changing lives for safer communities.”



For more information contact PBNI Head of Communications Gail McGreevy 07825897955