Building a single professional identity
by Helen Schofield
The Probation Institute Professional Development Framework can be accessed on the Institute website. The Framework captures and elucidates skills and roles across Probation, Rehabilitation and Community Justice in public, private and voluntary organisations.
Working with a project board including NPS, CRCs, Skills for Justice and voluntary organisations the project has been led by Helen Schofield formerly Head of Learning Strategy at the College of Policing, Chief Executive of the Community Justice National Training Organisation and Assistant General Secretary of NAPO.
The Project Board developed and endorsed the principles of the Professional Development Framework which include:
“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.”
“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”
The Framework includes:
- Guidance on use of National Occupational Standards and QualificationsGuidance on Progression Alignment with the Probation Code of Ethics, Community Justice, Learning and Youth Justice
- Guidance on Progression Alignment with the Probation Code of Ethics, Community Justice, Learning and Youth JusticeNotes on Advanced Practice, Post-Qualifying Studies and Continuous Professional Development
- Notes on Advanced Practice, Post-Qualifying Studies and Continuous Professional DevelopmentFor each of the Levels A, B, C and D on the Register is defined:
- For each of the Levels A, B, C and D on the Register is defined:
- Level Descriptor
- Generic Professional Activities
- Generic Professional ActivitiesSix Role Related
- Six Role Related Professional Activities across the sector
- Professional Activities across the sectorJob Descriptions aligned to
- Job Descriptions aligned to role related activities
- Learning and Qualifications
- The Probation Institute Learning Provider Endorsement Scheme
- Endorsed Learning Providers
- Presentation slides
The generic professional development activities are:
- Risk in the work environment
- Manage information
- Treat individuals with respect
- Health and safety
- Maintain professional development
Within the Register and aligned to the Framework Level A practitioners are those not yet holding a relevant professional qualification, Level B are those who are professionally qualified, Level C is the specific Probation Officer Qualification and Level D is research, advanced practice and senior management.
Alignment with Community Justice Learning and Youth Justice
The NOMS Community Justice Learning Framework and Standards are incorporated into the Probation Institute Framework, which will be updated as the NOMS standards develop.
The framework will assist practitioners in building their learning outcomes to meet the Community Justice thresholds and the Learning Provider Endorsement Scheme will provide information about learning providers and opportunities to meet the Community Justice Learning Framework as these come on stream.
The Framework incorporates Youth Justice roles and occupational standards defining practice with young people. It should not be read as development framework for the work in Youth Justice however.
The Learning Provider Endorsement Scheme is now live and we have approved the first endorsed providers.
The scheme quality assures learning providers in probation, rehabilitation and community justice using 12 standards. Endorsed Providers are able to use the Probation Institute Endorsed Provider Logo and place information about forthcoming courses on the Endorsed Provider section of the Probation Institute Website.
Advanced Practice, Post Qualifying Studies and Continuous Professional Development
The Probation Institute is committed to continuous professional development, and all members on the Register are required to update their CPD records regularly and to resubmit every 3 years. We recognise that CPD is a significant gap in professional development in the sector and we are keen to know members views on models for making Continuous Professional Development work successfully across organisations, levels and subject areas.
Keeping the Professional Development Framework up to date
We have completed version one of the Professional Development Framework at an early stage in the new probation and rehabilitation arrangements, and we recognise that that there are still major changes underway in the National Probation Service, CRCs and Tier 2 and 3 providers.
The Framework will be a living and dynamic product which we will update regularly, with the help and support of all members.
Use of the Professional Development Framework
- Identify your Level on the Probation Register
- Idenity your own professional and role-related standards
- Describe your own competence for review
- Occupational Standards and progression
- Look for relevant learning and qualifications
- Find equivalent job descriptions
- Identify your level on the Probation Register
- Use the tools for staff appraisal
- Identify your own professional and role-related standards
- Occupational Standards and progression
- Identify learning and qualifications relevant to your teams
- Identify training needs for your teams
- Develop job descriptions and job adverts
- Inform interviewing and selection
- Identify and procure training
Learning and Development Teams
- Identify learning needs for individuals and teams
- Identify learning from research and lessons learned
- Develop training
- Develop courses
- Achieve Probation Institute Learning Provider Endorsement
- Respond successfully to commissions for training
- Evaluate training
- Develop effective assessments