Inspection of probation practice, Assessor training workshop


Today CJI Inspectors are joined by colleagues from the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) to commence a two day training workshop delivered by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) in England and Wales.  The workshop is part of the preparations for CJI’s forthcoming inspection of probation practice in Northern Ireland.  The three organisations recently worked together to develop a bespoke inspection methodology to enable assessments to be undertaken of the quality of practice in Northern Ireland relation to cases supervised by PBNI.  At the end of the two day session CJI Inspectors and PBNI Area Managers, who have been selected to be Local Assessors for the inspection, will have been trained in the methodology in preparation for working alongside Inspectors from HMI Probation as part of the inspection team undertaking fieldwork in the Autumn.  This innovative partnership approach will ensure the inspection appropriately assesses practice in a local context.  It will also ensure probation staff are well placed to take forward the organisational learning resulting from the inspection to support the further development of probation practice.