Probation-Sentencer Liaison Network

Launch seminars

The Probation Institute (PI) and Magistrates’ Association (MA) are working together to promote the learning and development of professionals working in the criminal justice sector. We are pleased to launch the Probation-Sentencer Liaison Network (PSLN), for the exchange of views on key issues including sentencing, rehabilitation, protection of the public and confidence in the justice system.

The Probation-Sentencer Liaison Network (PSLN), is aimed at those working in probation and rehabilitation, the judiciary and magistracy, and all who play a significant role in the delivery of justice. It will be open and inclusive, welcoming the exchange of views between practitioners and managers from probation, rehabilitation and resettlement and sentencers, providing a much needed opportunity in the newly transformed environment.

Online forum

The PSLN has an online discussion forum and library to facilitate communication among PSLN members. There are guidelines to encourage open discussion and conclusions and any recommendations will be given wide publicity. The work of the Network will be supported by a Moderator; Richard Monkhouse, former Chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, is taking on this role. To join the Forum please click here. *You will need to scroll down the page to the PSLN forum.

Launch seminars

The two launch seminars will provide the first opportunity for open discussion. We are delighted that Glenys Stacey*, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, has agreed to open the launch seminars and share her thinking on ‘Sentences, Sentencing and Probation in the new world’.

Through this and future events the Probation-Sentencer Liaison Network will be addressing:

  • Risk assessment, court reports and supporting sentencing decisions
  • Organisation of Through the Gate and the implementation of Court Orders
  • Assessing wider rehabilitation and resettlement outcomes, and providing feedback to inform sentencing, interventions and supervision
  • The organisation and role of specialist courts
  • Promoting and facilitating joint, cross sectoral training

Notes of London Launch Seminar: Middlesex University, London - 18 October

Manchester Launch Seminar: Manchester Magistrates' Court - 17 November

Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court
Committee Room 4
Crown Square
Greater Manchester
M60 1PR

There will be a small charge of £20 per head for members of either the Probation Institute or Magistrates’ Association and £30 for non-members. Places will be limited to 50 people at each event. To reserve a place at one of the launch seminars please use online application form below or contact Further details will be sent on registration. If you would like more information or to discuss your participation in the PSLN please contact either Richard Monkhouse or Helen Schofield.


Glenys Stacey is an experienced regulator and chief executive. A solicitor by profession, she has seventeen years CEO experience, having led the start up or turnaround of a number of public sector organisations responsible for legal and/or regulatory services. Glenys joined Ofqual as its CEO and Chief Regulator designate in March 2011, and became its CEO and Chief Regulator by statute in April 2012. Ofqual is leading the implementation of the Government’s planned reforms to qualifications in England. It advises Government on how best to deliver Government’s policy aims for qualifications, and has specific statutory objectives to ensure standards.

In March 2016 Glenys took up the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation. In many ways this is a move ‘home’ for her, back into the world of criminal justice where she spent much of her career. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation exists to set standards and drive improvement in probation services, with the joint aims of reducing reoffending and protecting the public. Glenys holds an MBA and is just completing an MA in Educational Assessment.