PROBATION INSTITUTE LAUNCHES CONSULTATION ON FUTURE GOVERNANCE
Today, Monday 17 November, marks the launch of the Consultation on the Future Governance of the Probation Institute.
At this formative stage the Institute is being led by a Steering Group comprising nominees from the Probation Chiefs Association, Probation Association, Napo and UNISON. While this approach was needed to get the Probation Institute off the ground, it was always recognised that the arrangement would be temporary. As the consultation document itself states:
“As a membership organisation it is important to move, as quickly as possible, to durable representative structures, ones that enable the membership to have a say in how their organisation is run and where effective leadership can be exercised to drive the Institute and the profession forward.”
Moving to an inclusive governance system marks an important stage in the development of the Institute. We are committed to ensuring the probation community have an opportunity to shape this work as we consolidate an organisation that speaks for probation in an objective, evidenced based way; an organisation that promotes the professional learning and training, an ethical approach and sound practice standards of all those who work in the sector.
The proposals in the consultation are the recommendations of the Steering Group, which has given careful thought to the issues, having heard advice about good practice and the organisation of professional bodies in other sectors. In brief, the proposals are that in future the Probation Institute would be governed by:
- A Representative Council elected by the Institute’s members.
- A Board of Directors, with Directors elected by the Representative Council.
- A series of Committees to drive forward the Institute’s and the profession’s agenda, as a professional home for probation workers and as a centre of excellence on probation practice.
To help gain your feedback we are arranging an online presentation of the proposals and opportunity for our members to put their questions to the Steering Group in early December. Details about how to register for this webinar will be made available to members in due course.
We are eager to hear your views. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, or with any questions that you may have.