Association of Black Probation Officers (ABPO) and the Probation Institute are pleased to announce a new partnership, reflective of a common commitment to probation ethics and values and the promotion of equality and diversity in probation practice.
Our two organisations will work together particularly to enhance the quality of service delivered to service users in the CJS from black communities, and develop, promote and disseminate a range of leadership products, interventions and services that drive best practice within the CJS for black staff and service users
ABPO and Probation Institute are committed to:
- Promoting purposeful and effective probation services,
- Sharing a commitment to the professional development and training of probation workers and volunteers
- Considering joint approaches to public or private sector contracts that relate to activities that the ABPO and the Probation Institute could potentially deliver or oversee.
- Supporting the use of effective, evidence informed practice; and,
- Achieve better outcomes for those in the criminal justice system, whether as service users or victims, supporting confidence in community justice and safer communities.
- ABPO and the Probation Institute will work to support these shared objectives through research initiatives, events and other mutually beneficial arrangements as and when opportunities arise.
Savas Hadjipavlou, Chief Executive of the Probation Institute said:
“Formal partnerships such as this one with ABPO are a key way that the Institute is establishing collaborative working arrangements with a wide range of organisations in the community criminal justice sector. I particularly welcome this joint commitment by the Probation Institute and ABPO to work together, given the essential need to continue to promote equality and diversity in probation practice”
Earl Smith, ABPO Co Chair said:
“This formal partnership with the Probation Institute represents a key milestone for ABPO in establishing collaborative ventures with a range of organisations across the criminal and community justice sector. The overarching aim of this partnership is to promote equality and diversity in the delivery of probation services. I welcome this joint commitment by ABPO and the Probation Institute to work together in pursuit of equality and diversity. ”
For more information, please contact: – Catherine Sinclair-Jones on email@example.com / direct dial: 0203 053 9281
Notes to Editors
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 is currently developing a professional register, which will enable probation practitioners to have their qualifications, knowledge and skills recognised and will act as a framework for continuing professional development.
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o Website: www.probation-institute.org
o LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-probation-institute
About ABPO: The Association of Black Probation Officers was formed in 1982. Black Probation Service staff in the West Midlands met together with the aim of supporting and empowering all Black staff working within Probation. Regular meetings were established and in February 1984 the Constitution of ABPO (Association of Black Probation Staff) was approved at its first Annual General Meeting.
Historically the work of ABPO has been shaped by major events such as the implementation of Criminal Justice Act 1991(Section 95), Macpherson Inquiry, the associated Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and the Equality Act 2010. Throughout our history we have worked with our stakeholders and the wider criminal justice ‘family’ to develop and promote inclusiveness, equality and fairness in service provision to Black offenders.
The aim of the Association shall be to promote the delivery of rehabilitative services appropriate to the needs of Black offenders and all Black communities and to seek to ensure the necessary and appropriate support and development for Black probation staff.