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Probation Officers

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the future training of probation staff. (89883)

The Diploma in Probation Studies is under review with the final intake due in October 2007.

Plans for revised training are under way with significant progress made in the last few weeks. Skills for Justice, NPD, NOMs the Prison Service, Unions and other key stakeholders are actively involved in exploring suitable options to skill the Probation workforce for the future. By the end of year, a preferred option should have been identified; a project group convened and progress made to ensure a robust qualification is in place for 2008.