Professor Paul Senior, new Chair,  gives his thoughts on the importance of the Institute in probation's future: ...

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The Probation Institute are pleased to be partnering with Unlock, a charity for people with convictions, to offer a 20% discount to all Probation Institute members on the one-day training that Unlock provides on criminal record disclosure. Unlock runs a range of training to practitioners of all levels, from 4-hour masterclasses to 2-day courses. They run their training in-house for larger teams, but they host a number of training courses in London. They’ve just released the training dates ...

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"You never know what will happen when you miss a routine committee meeting. In September when I was away working in Hong Kong the Board of the Probation Institute, of which I am an elected member, decided that I should become its first elected chair. Teach me to miss the meeting! This will not be the easiest of tasks I have ever taken on, in about 40 years of working in and alongside Probation, but it is one which I am certainly proud to do. I intend to take up the challenge because I believe ...

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Catherine Heard, Policy and Research Associate at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, asks why increased use of community sentences has not led to a corresponding fall in prison numbers. Her report forms part of an ongoing comparative project funded by the European Commission: Alternatives to Custody in Europe (ACE)1 which compares law and practice across eight EU states: Italy, France, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Over the past decade, the Centre for Crime and ...

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The Norweigan Way: Jo Inge Svendsen gives his thoughts on the effectiveness of community orders in Norway and the UK and reflects on discussions he has had with colleagues in both countries. As someone who has recently changed jobs from the probation service in the United Kingdom to the probation service in Norway, I have made some initial observations about the differences in the way we are working in the two countries. This article is mainly based on my observations and discussions with ...

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