If you are reading this article, then you are probably someone who is interested in probation and rehabilitation, who is keen to support high standards of service delivery.
The sweeping changes brought about by Transforming Rehabilitation mean that the range of organisations delivering probation and rehabilitation services has become more diverse.
The complexity is only likely to increase as the Community Rehabilitation Companies develop their individual operating systems, bringing in new roles with a myriad of new titles, ways of delivering services and training requirement. Alongside this the qualifying framework for probation officers is changing. In this evolving landscape it will become more difficult to assess the comparability of roles and qualifications – both for practitioners and employers.
The Professional Practitioner Register offers a touchstone – a framework for validating the experience, expertise and qualification of practitioners, administrators and managers working in probation and community rehabilitation.
By registering, practitioners, managers and administrators have to sign up to a code of ethics and evidence their commitment to continuing professional development. It demonstrates to employers that you are committed maintaining high standards and to ensuring that your knowledge and skills remain up to date.
There are four categories of registration for practitioners, managers or administrators working in the probation and rehabilitation sector:
A: Entry level – no minimum qualification needed
B: Professionally competent – for practitioners qualified at VQ3 level or with relevant qualification at QCF level 3, 4 or 5
C: Professionally qualified – for qualified probation officers (QCF level 6 – honours degree)
D: Advanced – minimum of 3 years experience and have obtained a relevant master’s level qualification (QCF level 7)
The Register works alongside the PI’s Professional Development Framework, outlined in the article by Helen Schofield.
The registration fee is normally £40 for levels A-C and £80 for level D. However, if you sign up before the end of May 2016, there is a reduction of up to 50%: