We publish today, Monday, 15 September 2014, the Probation Institute’s Code of Ethics. This is a statement that reflects our core values and ethical principles and serves to underpin the probation profession, helping to guide and support the work of our members.
Savas Hadjipavlou, Interim Chief Executive said “This publication marks an important step in the development of the Probation Institute. Membership of the Institute carries an obligation to abide by this Code and we hope that it will be helpful more broadly within the probation or community justice sector”.
Sue Hall, Interim Director, said “We believe that practitioners and organisations are strengthened when a profession’s values and ethical principles consciously guide practice and service delivery. Our intention is for the Code of Ethics to become a central pillar of Probation Institute membership, and forms the backdrop to work on developing the Institute’s probation practitioner register”
Professor Rob Canton, De Montfort University said “Probation contributes to making society safer and fairer by giving people opportunities to change and to live fulfilling and crime-free lives. The Probation Institute Code of Ethics sets out in a clear and straightforward way what people can expect of probation staff in all sectors and the standards to which the profession aspires.”
The Code was developed following extensive consultation with our membership and with close support from academics and others with wide knowledge of probation work. Further work, giving practical effect to the Code includes guidelines which examine how the principles contained in the Code may interact with good probation practice.
Note for Editors
The Probation Institute is a new, independent professional body for all those involved in the probation and community justice organisations. We seek to promote the professional identity, standards and effectiveness of probation work. The Institute was launched in March 2014.