We’re excited to announce that the Probation Institute has now launched its Probation Register, delivered through a new and improved website at www.probation-institute.org
Membership of the Probation Institute, which aims to be as inclusive as possible, is being offered in three categories:
Associate member – for those with general interest. This includes those not being employed in the sector such as volunteers and students in full time education who are being offered discounted membership rates
Registered Member – appropriate for those employed in delivering probation services in the public, private or voluntary sectors, in operational roles or managers. The Register allows for four levels of professional seniority. These are intended to reflect the range of work, and to link with the qualifications continuing professional development framework, to provide a structure that can support individual development
Fellows – giving recognition to those who have made an outstanding contribution to probation or community justice and have been nominated by at least two peers.
The Institute has also launched a Professional Development Project, which will develop a framework aligned with the Register, advising on job families, competencies, learning including continuing professional development, and qualifications. The framework with an initial focus on practitioners and managers, will underpin the professional status offered by the Probation Register.
Existing Probation Institute members will be able to convert to one of the new levels of professional registration, depending on their qualifications and level of experience.
Savas Hadjipavlou, Chief Executive of the Probation Institute, said: “This represents a step change for our engagement with probation workers, creating the ability for individual practitioners to start to take control of their own professional development and learning.”
For the first time, probation practitioners will be able to:
Join the Probation Register, which allows members to demonstrate their professionalism, maintaining their personal portfolio of qualifications, experience and continuing professional development, as evidence for their level of registration, and for recognition by their peers.
Members can manage their electronic portfolio of experience, recording previous and current qualifications, experience and training.
Join a range of professional networks with like-minded colleagues covering particular themes or subjects. Networks on service user involvement, veteran offenders, health partnerships and using evidence, are already running. We will be announcing more of these over the coming months
Access a resource library of documents and other material to support members’ learning. We expect this collection to grow quickly and provide an online aid, supporting learning and research
Enrol for Institute events and other activities
Easily interact with the website using a tablet or smartphone