Duration: September 2018 - January 2019
Professors: Vivienne de Vogel en Jacqueline Bosker
Researchers: Joep Hanrath, Kimberly Verbaan
The Confederation of European Probation detects a clear need for a central record of training and qualification requirements, standards or curricula for probation and community supervision practitioners in EU Member States.
Hogeschool Utrecht (UAS) has been commissioned to conduct a survey to collect an overview of qualification requirements and training of probation workers in order to set up a network to share knowledge, competencies and expertise among members’ states.
What kind of formation precedes the start of a career of a probation worker in the various EU Member states and how does it develop throughout his or her career?
The survey addressed the following:
- the services delivered by the organisations and the level of education required for its performance;
- the admission procedures used and the required entry qualifications;
- required training prior to admission, as part of the introduction or as follow-up during employment;
- topics for future training.
- Probation services cover four areas of which monitoring & report are the most important.
- The minimal entry level of education is tertiary level 5-6-7 ISCED/ (BA-MA).
- All organisations select and train new recruits. Introductory training is compulsory and different forms of on-the-job learning are offered.
- Contrary to the general tertiary level of education, the introduction training focuses on specific skills and knowledge aiming for general standards of effective probation work.
- Probation workers develop their skills over time through experience & training;
- Need for further training focuses on specific themes related to general standards for effective probation work as well as topics related to self-efficacy and protection from burn out.
Report On becoming a good probation worker