The Probation Institute has begun the development of a voluntary practice register, with the aim of starting implementation from April 2015.
This is a key component of the services to be offered by the Institute. The professional register, by setting out levels of experience and seniority, relevant competencies and behaviours, and the evidence expected from registrants that demonstrate these, will help to maintain professional standards in probation. Furthermore, it will support the development of qualifications, training and professional development at all levels.
The register will provide recognition of the skills and professionalism of those who work in probation, whilst promoting public confidence in the sector. It will also enable employers to demonstrate their support for high standards of professional work, growing skills, and leading to better outcomes.
We will be consulting on the details of the register, exploring ideas with members and others over the course of the autumn. We expect the key issues to include:
- Appropriate levels of membership that reflect the qualifications, skills and experience of probation workers, and take account of the changing environment within which probation services will be delivered.
- Key components of the registration process (including our recently published Code of Ethics)and guidance on how qualifications and experience can be validated.
- Minimum standards which registrants should be able to demonstrate, including keeping their practice up to date through continuing professional development. These standards would need to be appropriate to the level of registration.
- Criteria for removal from the register of those who no longer meet its requirements.
We are committed to broad consultation with those in the probation community throughout the register’s development, and welcome your views and comments. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.