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


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  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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Newsletter 1 May 2013

We understand that the Government response to the Transforming Justice proposals will be published in the next week or two.  You will see below that we continue to press our points and concerns about the proposals with Ministers as well as with others.  And we will of course do so when the MoJ plans are finally published.   The PCA Council meeting on 17 May will be looking at, in particular, how PCA, working with others as appropriate, could help support the Association’s membership through the challenging period ahead.

PCA responds to new sentencing guidelines on sexual offences


The PCA have responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft new guidelines on the sentencing of sexual offences. The response has been prepared by the PCA’s Sentencing & Courts policy portfolio group, representing the leadership of Probation Trusts on decisions over sentencing policy. Continue reading here….

PCA Annual Conference 2013; 14th-15th March


On 14th-15th March 2013, the PCA will be hosting its annual conference ‘leading the probation profession through change’, at the Marriott Hotel in Meriden, Birmingham. The PCA looks forward to greeting over 200 delegates from the senior management of probation and other core stakeholders, for what will be an extremely timely and important event in light of the Government’s reform plans outlined in the ‘transforming rehabilitation’ consultation.

The final programme for the day can be found  here; PCA-ANNUAL-CONFERENCE-2013-FINAL-Programme

All places for the conference have now been allocated.

Professor Carol Hedderman’s Letter to The Independent


Carol Hedderman, Professor of Criminology at Leicester University has written a letter outlining her views of the risks in the government’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ proposals announced last week. She, like the PCA, is concerned that these proposals would be likely to lead to an increased risk to the public. Continue reading here…

Roundup of media coverage following MoJ’s launch of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation


Following the Government’s launch of its Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation document (9th January), the PCA featured in a number of media pieces. This coverage included a letter published in the Guardian and a live interview on Channel 4 news. Continue reading here…