Professional Development Framework



The Probation Institute Professional Development Framework is aligned with the Probation Register, advising on professional activities, national occupational standards, job descriptions, learning, qualifications, continuous professional development and endorsed learning providers. Follow the links below for more information about
Guidance on National Occupational Standards and Qualifications
Community Justice Learning
Youth Justice
Guidance on Progression
Advanced Practice, Post Qualifying and Post Graduate Studies
Probation Institute Continuous Professional Development

The guiding principles for the Professional Development Framework are:

1. The Professional Development Framework reflects the commitment by employers, practitioners and managers across Probation, Rehabilitation and Community Justice Services to work with the Probation Institute to build a single professional identity for probation, rehabilitation, youth and community justice services, centred on the Probation Register.

2. The Framework will recognise the value of both historic qualifications and of new learning and qualifications, such as Community Justice Learning (formerly PQF) in line with the future requirements of the services to be provided

3. The changing environment of probation and rehabilitation services, including adult and youth justice services, requires an approach which will recognise the competence, learning and qualifications of individuals right across the expanded sector in public, private, and voluntary sector organisations

4. The Professional Development Framework will support initial skills, core competence, professional qualification and research levels, and will assist transferability, interoperability and career progression

5. The new environment should be underpinned by a professional approach to recruitment and entry to the workforce that is capable of ensuring a diverse, representative workforce and a strong value base

6. The expectations of a profession include a commitment to achieving competence and development through vocational routes, through learning in Higher Education and through Continuous Professional Development.