Members of the Council of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA) will be meeting on Friday 14 November to vote on a resolution for the PCA to be closed down and for its resources to transfer to the Probation Institute.
The PCA was established in 2008 and has acted as the professional voice of the leadership of probation for the last six years. Sadly the closing of Probation Trusts left PCA without its main source of income. Alternative sources of funding were not feasible as the potential membership base (senior probation managers) was too small to sustain the organisation.
At the same time the need for an independent professional body for all staff working for probation providers has become pressing.
For the last year the small PCA secretariat has been working to establish the Probation Institute, which will act as a professional voice for its members, drawn from across probation providers and friends of probation. Many of the features of the PCA – workshops, portfolio groups, conferences – will be continued within the Institute but will be open to a wider audience.
As Chair for the last four years, it has been a privilege to work on behalf of probation leaders. Without the PCA, there would be no Probation Institute!
– Sue Hall