Professional Development Framework


Endorsed Learning Providers

The Endorsement Panel meets regularly to review submissions:

The Endorsed Learning Providers are:

Sheffield Hallam University

Bel Training

Laurus Development

Ostling Training


VQ Assessment Services (VQAS)

Please see descriptions of each Endorsed Provider  below;

Sheffield Hallam University - contact Simon Feasey Head of Academic Development for Law and Criminology-

Sheffield Hallam University has been delivering HE accredited training across the community justice sector for many years and has a reputation for high quality, flexibility and innovatory approaches that encompass traditional, blended and distance learning. We have recently been awarded National Offender Management Service (NOMs) contracts to deliver the new Community Justice Learning (CJL) Framework across the North of England which builds on our specialist experience and knowledge of training probation officers.

Probation officer training- We have been a major provider of probation officer training for over 15 years and have well-established relationships with the National Probation Service, NOMS and the Ministry of Justice. Find out more.

Criminal justice practice training and development - We also deliver CPD courses in areas of criminal justice practice and we are interested in developing bespoke training awards and programmes for organisations involved in the management and rehabilitation of offenders. We can provide flexible modes of delivery in a range of areas:

  • risk assessment and management
  • volunteering with offenders
  • interventions with offenders
  • motivational interviewing
  • pro-social modelling
  • multi-agency working
  • safeguarding
  • working with sex offenders
  • working with young offenders
  • working with substance misuse
  • desistance approaches
  • the Good Lives Model
  • resettlement work
  • values, ethics and diversity

Bel Training - contact Tim Stolworthy -

The team at Bel Training includes current and ex-Probation staff.  We have wide ranging of experience of working within Probation including front-line, management and HR.  We are skilled facilitators with an understanding of the needs of both staff and service-users and our learning events greatly reflect this.  We deliver across all Probation departments and specialise in learning which compliments the training process for new Probation Officers.  Examples of courses we offer include

Working with Service-Users; Understanding Criminal Justice; Substance Misuse,

Motivational Interviewing; Domestic Abuse (Awareness, Assessment and Working with Perpetrators)

Understanding Risk; Change Management and Action Learning. 

We also offer many other events and would be pleased to discuss these and bespoke courses.   If you have any questions, please get in touch at  Thank you.

Laurus Development: Justice Sector learning, development and qualification provider - contact Julia Summerfield

LAURUS Development, , is an employee-owned mutual company delivering learning, development and qualification in the Justice Sector. All our staff are grounded in the industry and we offer first class delivery of knowledge and skills training. We operate a qualifications assessment centre approved by the awarding organisations Skills for Justice Awards, ProQual and City and Guilds.

Examples of our training programmes and qualifications are listed below. Enquiries about other options or your bespoke requirements are welcome initially to Julia Summerfield, CMgr, MCMI, FPInst

SFJA Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation (QCF) with accompanying learning programme (equivalent to the Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice and more focused on community rehabilitation)

Effective Engagement Skills (for both case managers and administration staff)

Risk-informed practice and engagement skills for TR supply chain partners

Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults (one of our e-learning programmes)

Youth Offending Services training and qualification (including Risk Management, Report Writing and Engagement skills)

Ostling Training - contact Mark Ostling - or

Ostling Training have specialised in training for probation practitioners for over 15 years. We have worked for a wide range of clients in the criminal justice, mental health and substance misuse fields in the public and voluntary sectors. Training is delivered by skilled trainers with extensive practice experience. We have delivered a wide range of training programmes, including practitioner skills development, change management and the introduction of IT systems and assessment tools.

We have delivered accredited programme training and also designed individual and group intervention programmes for probation service providers.

We have a wide range of training courses available and can design bespoke training to your requirements. Examples of current courses include:

The Core Skills Programme  - A series of 9 core modules with additional optional modules, covering the fundamental skills and knowledge required by probation practitioners. Includes orientation to the Criminal Justice System, Risk Assessment and Management, and Pro Social Modelling.

Working with Resistance and Denial  - A one day course that helps practitioners understand the reasons why service users may be reluctant to engage and use a variety of approaches to minimise resistance and increase motivation and engagement.

Introducing the Victim Perspective  - A one day course that helps practitioners understand the impact of offending on victims, introduce the victim perspective into work with service users, and appreciate the potential of restorative justice approaches.

Unlock - Criminal Record Disclosure Training - Contact: Chris Stacey

Unlock is an independent award-winning charity. They are experts on criminal records and disclosure. They provide a range of in-house and bookable training courses to organisations and practitioners to help them to provide accurate and effective support to their clients that have criminal convictions. They work with a range of service providers, including probation services, employment projects, careers advisors and community support services across England & Wales. For more information, visit

VQ Assessment Services (VQAS) - contact Debbie Ayriss or Alan Plumb - or on

VQ Assessment Service (VQAS) is an Approved SFJ Awards Assessment Centre and provides training and qualifications for staff working in the Community, Rehabilitation and Justice Sectors.

We offer bespoke services delivered in a cost effective and efficient way.
The staff who work for and with VQAS have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the sector in the delivery of training and qualifications.
We operate throughout England and Wales and in Wales we are able to provide assessment services and training materials through the medium of Welsh.

We currently offer the following qualifications:
- The Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice
- The Level 4 Certificate in Community Rehabilitation
-  Level 2 & 3 Awards in Supporting the Survivors of Domestic Violence
- The Assessor and IQA qualifications
and plan to offer further qualifications in the coming months.

Working with employers and in partnership with other providers we also offer core training for staff undertaking the above qualifications.
The training needs for staff in the sectors are constantly developing and we are currently working with Community Rehabilitation Companies and other organisations to ensure that training and qualifications for staff are fit for purpose. With this in mind we are currently working with the Awarding Organisation to ensure that qualifications in Restorative Practice and Working with Substance Misuse are accessible for staff.
We receive excellent feedback from Candidates, Organisations and the Awarding Organisation regarding the work that we undertake and examples of this feedback and further details regarding the services we offer can be found at
The VQAS Directors, Debbie Ayriss and Alan Plumb can also be contacted directly on or on

The Probation Institute welcomes submission for endorsement