CPS Thames and Chiltern response to Inspectorate report

27/07/2017

CPS Thames and Chiltern has an engaged and committed team, who work tirelessly to provide a high quality prosecution service to our local communities, even with difficulties in the recruitment and retention of staff, according to a report published today by Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).

The report praises the Area's work on improving staff engagement, its commitment to the CPS values, equality and diversity policies and to staff development. It also described the Area's use of its internal Crown Advocates in the Crown Court as "highly effective."

Staff morale is high, stress related absence remains low and overall sickness absence compares favourably to the CPS national average.

The report highlights the Area needs to do more to improve communications with vulnerable and intimidated victims to ensure they receive the right information at the right time. It also highlights a need to improve the quality of our decision making, the timeliness of our casework reviews, and our responsiveness to community groups.

CPS Thames and Chiltern acknowledge the issues that have been raised in the HMCPSI's Area Assurance Programme report and we have developed a detailed action plan to ensure that improvements are made. Some of the findings were issues the Area had already identified and had started to address.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service said: "We welcome the Inspectorate's report, and are delighted with the positive findings especially those around supporting our staff to develop and the deployment of our own Crown Advocates. We recognise the importance of improving our communications with vulnerable and intimidated victims and our engagement with groups within the community who are at greatest risk of exclusion and discrimination. We are determined to bring about positive change and are confident we will be able to deliver improvements."

The CPS response can be found on the CPS website.