THURSDAY 9th JULY 2015
LAUNCH OF THE SUPPORTING EX-FORCES PERSONNEL PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
The Probation Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Supporting Ex-Forces Personnel Professional Network. The launch of the Network marks the first stage of the project which is supported by a grant from the Forces in Mind Trust.
Members of this network can now access a dedicated online platform which facilitates the exchange of knowledge, containing links to useful websites and documents to help assist them, their colleagues and offenders alike. It also gives Members an opportunity to share good practice, material, research and interventions, either by adding to the resource library or via the online forum.
This is just the first stage of this exciting project, providing a great opportunity for all those involved in work with ex-Service Personnel, to help shape the future of those that have served.
To become part of this first fully active network, visit the Probation Institute website www.Probation-institute.org/network.
The launch of the network is just one stage of the initial aims of the project.
The project aims to:
• Build and disseminate an evidence base for the needs of those offending ex-Service personnel who are currently under probation supervision and the effectiveness of probation services currently in place for them;
• Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and best practice across different organisations who work with ex-Service personnel serving sentences;
• Involve the ex-Service personnel and practitioners in evaluating the effectiveness of community justice work with the veteran cohort, and encourage professional development and enhancement of services in this area
Work on the remaining elements of the project continues in earnest, further information on the progress of the project will be released in due course.
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Notes to Editors
For more information, please contact:
Gary Williams at The Probation Institute on firstname.lastname@example.org/ direct dial: 02030539282
• About the Forces in Mind Trust: The Forces in Mind Trust came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. Since 2004, the Fund has given more than £88 million to programmes supporting veterans. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
o During its first two years, FiMT has commissioned seminal research reports such as the Transition Mapping Study (TMS), which reviewed how the entire transition process from military to civilian life currently works and how it is viewed by stakeholders and recent Service leavers. The economic model developed for the report calculated the total cost of poor transition to the UK as a whole to be £113 million in 2012, whilst the report itself has been discussed across Whitehall and debated in the House of Lords.
o FiMT has signed up to the Corporate Covenant: https://www.gov.uk/the-corporate-covenant
o Twitter: www.twitter.com/FIMtrust
o Website: www.fim-trust.org
• About the Probation Institute: The Probation Institute is an independent centre of excellence and a professional home for all those involved in probation work across the public, voluntary and private sectors, and was launched by Lord Neuberger in March 2014. We support effective services, promote evidence-based policy and practice and the professional development of our members and explain the work of probation to the media, parliamentarians and the public.
o All members are required to sign up to the Code of Ethics as a condition of membership. http://probation-institute.org/code-ethics/
o The Institute has developed a professional register, enabling probation practitioners to have their qualifications, knowledge and skills recognised and will act as a framework for continuing professional development.
o Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProbInstitute
o Website: www.probation-institute.org