A Comment from the Practitioners Conference – Paul Senior

'It's time to accept the reality of the new probation structure' Or is it? This was the view, indeed challenge, of one of the speakers at the recent Probation Practitioner Conference held at Sheffield in conjunction with No Offence and the Hallam Centre for Community Justice. A very successful day with around 130 attendees from across the probation, community rehabilitation and community justice worlds. The debate was robust, enlightening and considered. Like any previous conference on ...

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Time to get involved

I gave a lecture last week in which I talked of the 'the politics of ignorance and despair undermining the Probation Institute and (I hinted) it could go out of business'. In the recent publication of the British Journal of Community Justice (14.1) Professor Emerita Anne Worrall posed a similar question: 'Standing back and 'seeing how it goes' will result in the PI failing. The danger is that too many people will only realize that it might have been worth getting involved when it is too late to ...

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Reluctantly retired member speaks out against the new world of the CRC

Handing my resignation letter to the CEO was a strange experience: a mixture of heartfelt regret with an eagerness to simply get out from my CRC.  In the weeks leading up to this, a couple of my friends were worried I’d made a big mistake and were asking questions…. "Why would you do such a thing?  You haven’t been made redundant, you haven’t taken a payoff and you even made it through the restructure - so why would you resign?”. “You mean you've quit your job and you’ve taken a lower paid ...

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Probation Institute publishes 2016-17 Business Plan

The Probation Institute was set up in 2014.  Two years on, substantial progress has been made, creating the structures and processes needed for a functioning professional body, developing membership and networks to support learning and continuing professional development. Prof. Paul Senior, Chair of the Institute said: “The need for a membership body that is independent of the MoJ and employers is clearer now than ever. We have suffered compared to similar professions because we have lacked ...

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Making Soft Places – Gill Hirst FPinst

There’s a knack to being in the right place at the right time and looking like the kind of person who’s meant to be there. It’s particularly tricky for some people on probation. Think about Alice (1) down the rabbit hole, faced with a whole load of doors that she couldn’t fit through. Luckily for her there was some stuff lying around with a couple of clues (‘drink me’, ‘eat me’) so she could change her size to fit through. Even in the right place, though, saying or doing the wrong thing can be ...

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