Following the publication of our Code of Ethics, the Probation Institute is now convening a group of volunteers from our membership to consider formulating ethical practice guidelines.
The purpose of the guidelines will be to help give practical effect to the Code of Ethics in the day to day practice of probation workers. The aim is not to create a list of rules, but to support the proper use of professional judgement, helping practitioners and their managers take a balanced and an ethical approach to the many decisions they have to take.
The Probation Institute’s approach will be inclusive. As well as drawing on the views and experience of our members, we will seek to learn from the work of other professional bodies, including for example Napo’s Professional Practice Handbook and BASW’s Ethical Code of Practice. Probation Institute members can access a reference library of ethical practice documents.
The latest edition of Probation Quarterly magazine also features articles on the values and ethics of probation, including interviews with Professor Rob Canton, DeMontfort University, and Professor Anne Worrall, Keele University. All Probation Institute members receive copies of Probation Quarterly in the post, and an electronic version of the magazine can be downloaded from the members’ forum area of the website.
The Probation Institute will continue to consult widely on its ethical practice guidelines within its growing membership of probation and community justice professionals. If you are a member of the Probation Institute and would like to become involved in shaping our professional values and ethics agenda, please get in contact with Gary Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org