‘Looking to the Future of Probation:’ Registration for PCA Conference 2014 now open

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PCA are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual Conference, which will take place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on 24 January.

This year’s Conference, entitled Looking to the Future of Probation, is organised against the backdrop of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reforms, with a dynamic mix of plenary sessions and workshops designed to explore how things will work under the future arrangements, and we welcome attendance from individuals from other interested organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Jeremy Wright, Minister for Prisons & Probation, is expected to speak, and there will be an opportunity to hear a perspective from the office of HM Inspectorate of Probation.  Alongside this, we will be discussing the development of the Probation Institute, a joint venture between PCA, PA, NAPO and UNISON, and explore the scope and purpose that the Institute will have in the new world.

The latest version of the Conference Programme, which includes details of all the workshops and plenary sessions, can be viewed here

As with previous Conferences, we aim to make this event self-financing, and the cost of attending is set at £200.

Please contact Catherine Sinclair-Jones (pcaadmin@localhost) to register your application for a place on this Conference.  Spaces are limited, and we would urge you to register early to avoid disappointment.

Sentencing Council publish new sentencing guideline on Sexual Offences

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On 12 December, the Sentencing Council published their new Sexual Offences sentencing guideline, which will come into force in all courts in England & Wales in on 1 April 2014.  The guideline covers 55 offences from rape to voyeurism and will bring about real and significant changes to the way sexual offences are sentenced in courts.  Continue reading …

Newsletter Christmas 2013

Dear PCA member

This pre-Christmas edition includes, in particular, news about the decision to establish an independent Probation Institute in which PCA is a lead organisation.  The next phase is one of consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders, individuals as well as organisations. There is more detail below, but you can also feedback and  keep an eye on developments at www.probation-institute.org

I would also like to remind members that it is not too late to register for the PCA Conference in January. An update and contact details are at item 5.

Finally, we congratulate Sue Hall, re-elected as Chair of PCA at the 29 November Council. Sue is an excellent ambassador for probation, ensuring that the senior leadership teams of probation services continue to be represented and have their voices heard.

If you would like us to mention your news in the newsletter please get in touch with Catherine Sinclair-Jones (pcaadmin@localhost).

We value your feedback.  Send your comments to feedback@localhost

Savas Hadjipavlou

PCA Chief Executive

Joint PCA, PA, Napo and UNISON statement on the establishment of a Probation Institute

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The Probation Chiefs Association (PCA), Probation Association (PA), Napo and UNISON have formed a partnership to establish a new Probation Institute.

The Institute will provide professional leadership and a framework for unifying the probation workforce as a whole. A key aim is to raise the status of probation and the Institute will contribute to the setting of practice standards and support the professional development of its members, including through a voluntary professional register. It will be an independent, not-for profit organisation, with wide membership open to all staff who work in probation, commissioners, employers and partner organisations of probation.

We expect the Institute to become a centre of excellence for the probation and wider rehabilitation sector and it will support the development of evidence based practice.

The MoJ will be contributing £90k to the start up costs, along with £60k from the PCA and PA. Future funding will come from membership subscriptions.

The development of the Institute will take place in stages over the next two years. We expect it to help bridge the transition from public ownership to a wider range of provision and so will open its doors from March 2014.

More detail is available on the website www.probation-institute.org  A summary of the core features is here.  The website also includes a Prospectus setting out the thinking and approach behind this important initiative and inviting comment from stakeholders. The MoJ Press release is here

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