Sharing many of the same values and objectives, the Probation Institute and Magistrates Association have agreed to work together to support the learning and development of justice professionals. This will support better outcomes for those in the criminal justice system, whether as offenders or victims, supporting confidence in community justice and safer communities.
A new joint “Probation and Judicial Matters Professional Network” is to be set up that will include magistrates, probation and rehabilitation practitioners and others with an interest in community justice.
The network will promote research, sharing of information and relevant training and learning within probation, rehabilitation and the magistracy. It will also form a platform for facilitating contacts with probation and rehabilitation providers in the public, private or voluntary sectors. Joint events are being planned to explore the impact of evidence and research on probation and judicial practice and probation outcomes. Supporting continuing professional development, these events will take place later this year, in London and Manchester. These events will be open to a full range of organisations involved in community justice. More details will be announced in due course.
“For our members, this joint initiative represents an evolution of the work that has already taken place within the Association’s Education and Research Network. Sharing insights and resources will enable us to reach a broader audience and improve learning,” said Chris Brace, Chief Executive of the Magistrates Association.
“We welcome this partnership with the Magistrates Association. It is through our collaborations with like-minded organisations that we help to ensure a high-quality, joined-up justice service. By working together, we can build a better understanding of the role of probation, rehabilitation and magistrates in sentencing,” said Savas Hadjipavlou, Chief Executive of the Probation Institute.
The shared objectives of the Probation Institute and Magistrates Association:
● promote purposeful and effective probation and rehabilitation services,
● commitment to the professional development and training of magistrates, probation and rehabilitation workers, and volunteers
● support the use of effective, evidence-informed practice, identifying priority areas of research which the two organisations should promote, and to facilitate and encourage contributions from funders; and,
● support better outcomes for those in the criminal justice system, whether as offenders or victims, supporting confidence in community justice and safer communities.