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Probation Service: Voluntary Work

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has made an assessment for benchmarking purposes of the Japanese system of recruitment of volunteer probation officers; and if he will make a statement. (250588)

No formal assessment of the Japanese system of recruitment of volunteer probation officers has been conducted. It is not the intention of the Government to adopt it.

Probation officers in England and Wales are required by law to be fully qualified to undertake the role of a probation officer. Currently this means that they undertake a two year training programme and work towards a Degree in Probation Studies.