Keeping you up to date with some current activity
The Board of Directors meets on Monday 5th September. We have three new directors who bring a wealth and range of experience to the board:
Mary Anne McFarlane
We have said goodbye and huge thanks to Paul Davies as well as to Savas. Like everyone we are moving into a busy period in which we will need your support and advice with projects aimed to strengthen the professional base of probation, rehabilitation and resettlement. Projects include;
The Probation Institute is the secretariat for the Expression of Interest for a Trailblazer Apprenticeship due to be submitted this month. Six CRC owners of nineteen CRCs are actively supporting the EoI, also two voluntary organisations - St Giles Trust and PACT Futures - and RISE the Mutual. We welcome more organisations signing up. The role we will submit will be named Rehabilitation Practitioner - and incorporates the PSO role with some additions to include voluntary sector roles at the equivalent level. The Apprenticeship will set a single standard for training and formal assessment. It is anticipated that employers will want to ensure that (revised) Level 3 Diploma in Probation Practice can be funded for those participating in the scheme for whom this is the relevant qualification. Please don't be put off by the terminology - the Trailblazers have been blazing a trail for the new Apprenticeship Scheme for some time now and are firmly established. Today's apprentices do not have an upper age limit or a previous qualification exclusion, the scheme is designed to raise qualifications across the workforce. From April 2017 all employers with a pay bill over £3 million will pay straight back to government 0.5% of their pay bill as an Apprenticeship Levy. Employers see this an opportunity to get consistency and quality and to make their contribution to the Levy work for their organisation.
Probation-Sentencer Liaison Network
We have established a joint project with the Magistrates Association to create a network for exchange of views between sentencers and probation and rehabilitation practitioners and managers about issues including court reports, risk assessment, sentencing, the implementation of court orders, feedback on interventions. We will shortly be launching a moderated On-Line Forum on the PI and MA websites,and two Launch Seminars in Manchester and London in October and November. We think this opportunity for conversation post TR is much needed.
The Probation Institute Fellows meet on 20th September and will be reviewing our draft response to the Review of Prison Reform and sharing how their experience and expertise can best be used to support the work of Probation, Rehabilitation and Resettlement through the Probation Institute.
Please let us know what you would like us to be doing and please don't forget to renew your membership!
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Acting Chief Executive