Dear PCA member
Dear All I would like to welcome Stuart Cave and Ben Ritchie to the PCA. Stuart will be working on maintaining and updating the website and working on the newly launched members area. If you have a comment or suggestion to make about the website please get in touch with Stuart. Ben is working on establishing a series of workshops, for members to access learning opportunities and to help develop the PCA’s policy; and, for seminars to develop and increase the voice of the PCA to external audiences, if you have a seminar or workshop you would like to run please contact Ben This August issue still has a variety of news and announcements. Take a look. We value your feedback. Views, comments etc, to feedback@localhost please.
PCA Business Director
Recognition for Merseyside Probation Trust
Merseyside Probation Trust is the only public sector organisation out of five finalists to have been selected as a finalist in the British Quality Foundation”s UK Recognised for Excellence Awards. Chief Executive Officer of Merseyside Probation Trust, Annette Hennessy said: “The UK Excellence Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve – it recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation. To have achieved this position therefore is a tremendous accolade for the Trust, and will spur us on to continue to improve and achieve excellence in our work.” The PCA would like to congratulate Merseyside Probation Trust on this great achievement and wishes them all the very best at the award ceremony in London on 25 October where the winner will be announced by the Foundation’s patron and guest of honour, HRH The Princess Royal. To read more about Merseyside”s nomination please click here.
Justice Group Policy Update Report
The Justice Policy Group Policy Update Report for July 2012 was produced with the intention of giving an update on some of the main issues that will be of direct interest to third sector organisations and provides highlights, not an exhaustive account of all current and proposed developments in NOMS and MoJ. It gives brief updates on areas including competition, Women”s Justice and many more areas. To read the report please click here.
NHS Care Objectives
The NHS are currently consulting on a draft mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board and the NHS care objectives which you can see by clicking here. Attention is drawn to section 4.12 – 4.16 of the Care Objectives, which promotes attention to interventions to reduce the likelihood of reoffending and will be useful for local engagement with Health and Well-being Boards. the PCA are planning to provide a response for PCA, please can any comments, suggestions be sent to Tessa Webb CEO Hertfordshire no later than 31st August 2012 , so they can be incorporated into the PCA response
PCA Business Areas and Portfolios
The website is well populated with information about the wide variety of PCA Portfolio Groups covering all aspects of probation work and organisation. Further to the very successful Portfolio leads workshop on 12/7/12, we would like to encourage PCA members to be involved in the groups. The Exec expects portfolio leads to comment on their area nationally and the more informed they are with a range of views from the membership, the better. Portfolio leads are keen to recruit members for small reference groups whom they can consult for views on issues, formal consultations etc. The reference groups are a good way in to becoming a portfolio lead and having the opportunity to represent the PCA nationally. If you would like more information or to offer your expertise to a specific group, please contact Yvette Ball, Policy Development Lead via email or telephone on 07771 978064 or contact the relevant portfolio lead direct. Their contact details are available via the website or the PCA office. We look forward to hearing from you!
Sir Graham Smith Award Lecture, 30 October
The Sir Graham Smith Award Lectures are due to be held on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 from 4.30-7.30 in the Sir Graham Smith Suite, Home Office, 2 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DF. Lectures on the will be given buy the two winners Sarah Lewis from Hampshire Probation and Victoria Jellet of Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust. Please click here to find out more about the lectures.
Special PCA delegate rate offered for the Police, Law & Justice Conference 2012
Sue Hall, PCA, will be giving a speech on creating effective probation services at the GovKnow are ,,Police, Law & Justice Conference 2012″ on Thursday 19 November, in Westminster, London. The conference will focus on the ever changing environment in which criminal justice professionals are operating, with budgets being tightened, and the impact of Police & Crime Commissioners and new local law enforcement agencies. Attendees will be provided with key examples of cost saving measures both on the frontline and in back office functions, without adversely affecting crime levels. For more information please click here.
Members of the probation services can book for a reduced rate of £125 +VAT per delegate with promo code PCA10.
Call 0845 647 7000 or book online.
Learning and Development Portfolio lead
The PCA is seeking a new lead for the Training and Development portfolio. The main focus of this portfolio is the Probation Qualifying Framework and the continuing development of probation practitioners. The PCA is committed to developing professionalisation in probation services through the establishment of a professional register and framework. The portfolio lead will have a crucial role to play in supporting this exciting new initiative. It is anticipated that the current membership of the portfolio group will be expanded to form a reference group with the relevant expertise to advise the PCA on new L&D developments. The portfolio lead will also represent the PCA on the Skills for Justice Council of members, contributing to the wider skills agenda in the justice sector. If you are interested, please could you email Jenny Seaton Ulliott by 07/09/2012 up to 200 words on:
- why you”d like to do it
- the expertise you would bring and
- Confirmed endorsement from your CE.