Following my Blog in August some readers asked for an update on funding streams and projects in the Probation Institute, I hope the information below helps, but first I am pleased to say that the Probation Institute Board has firmly approved a set of proposals to move forward our strategy to become a Regulatory Body. The next step is to give these proposals wide coverage and to demonstrate the need for establishing and regulating clear professional standards across probation, rehabilitation and resettlement.
Concerning news about the progress of some CRCs in meeting and managing the workloads and in maintaining staff conditions strengthens the need to ensure that professional standards are clear and maintained, and that all practitioners and managers are able to assert their professionalism, their competence and qualifications through a Regulatory Body.
The use of the three terms “probation, rehabilitation and resettlement” is very deliberate in the Probation Institute. Although we have retained the name “probation” in our title (it would be a travesty to lose it) we are very clear in our wish to include practitioners, managers and leaders right across all the organisations working in this field which has become increasingly diverse and disaggregated in the recent changes. The Probation Institute is the professional body for all who work to reduce offending behaviour and risk of harm, affirming the capacity of individuals to change and the requirement to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Probation Institute Funding and Activities
Our primary funding stream is from our membership. We now receive no funding from MOJ or any other government department. After the initial start up grant in 2014 we have not asked nor been offered. The directors are very keen to establish the financial independence of the Probation Institute.
From our membership income we fund
* Strategy, Communication and Events
* Membership and the Probation Register
* Professional Practice and Training Committee
* Research Committee and Academic Advisory Panel
* Position Papers and response to consultations, select committees
* The Trailblazer Apprenticeship Expression of Interest
* Review of Electronic Monitoring
We have two externally funded projects;
With the Forces in Mind Trust developing research and strategy for strengthening services to ex service personnel in the criminal justice system. This project will continue through 2017 and now needs to engage actively with NPS strategy on ex services personnel.
With the Magistrates Association to establish the Probation-Sentencer Liason Network to provide a safe but open forum for exchange of views on probation and sentencing. We launch the Network this week, on line and with two seminars in London on 18 October and Manchester on17th November both to be introduced by Glenys Stacey HMI Probation. Please come along and share your views.
We have a small income from advertising jobs and the Learning Provider Endorsement Scheme and that’s it!
It goes without saying that our membership needs to grow and we hope readers who are not members of the PI will take the decision to join. Fees are low, and you will have noticed that we only restrict a modest amount of our overall offer to members as we want to reach out widely across NPS, CRCs and the voluntary sector.
This week we are completing our response to the Justice Select Committee Review of Prison Reform which we will make available to members and use to brief MPs.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more.
Acting Chief Executive