Welcome to the Skills for Justice e-bulletin for Policing and Law Enforcement.
This email update contains all the latest information about our work in the Policing and Law Enforcement sector.
This e-bulletin is distributed every two months. The next edition will be distributed in November/December 2010. If you have any suggestions for improvements, or ideas for features, please contact Ally Mogg by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick Help Guide - Guidance on the QCF
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
By 31 December 2010 we will have transferred all Policing and Law Enforcement qualifications onto the QCF because the previous framework - the National Qualifications Framework - will cease to exist.
For further information on the changes, examples of the new qualifications for Policing and Law Enforcement and benefits of the QCF to the learner and employer, please take a look at a leaflet we have created especially for our Policing and Law Enforcement members, available on our website now.
Introducing… The Policing Professional Framework
The ICF Review Steering Group has decided that the new system replacing the ICF will be called the Policing Professional Framework.
Following endorsement of the Policing Professional Framework by the ACPO Workforce Strategy Board on 17 September 2010, the proposals have now been referred to Chief Constables Council on Friday 15 October 2010.
Following the Chief Constables Council a more detailed brief regarding the future implementation and adoption of the new framework will be circulated. If you would like to be included on the distribution list for updates regarding this project, please contact Clare Faulkner by email at email@example.com.
Policing Professional Framework – Test the new system
Three target dates have been set for users to test the three major functional elements of the new Policing Professional Framework prototype. These are as follows
1. National Occupational Standards (NOS) - week beginning 27 September
2. Role Profiles - week beginning 18 October
3. Individual Force Areas - week beginning 25 October
The NOS element of the prototype should be tested by HR Users as it has been agreed that users below this level will not access the detail of NOS. Testing will be done within Forces and will be aided by testing sheets (based on the requirements for each element). These will be emailed to volunteers.
If you are interested in being involved in testing the system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policing Professional Framework - Validation of the Policing Personal Qualities (replacing the current Behavioural Framework)
To ensure that the Personal Qualities work in practice a validation study will be run later this month. The questionnaire will ask a large number of line managers across Forces to anonymously rate better and poorer performers against the personal qualities.
Results will be statistically analysed to confirm whether the personal qualities can effectively discriminate between better and poorer performers.
The validation study will complete the development process for the personal qualities, providing reliable evidence that the personal qualities will give real benefit to the Police Service by providing an effective tool for maintaining and improving standards.
If you would like to be involved in the validation process, please email email@example.com.
Skillsmark® success for Avon and Somerset Constabulary
In this edition we talk to Nick Rider, ICT Team Leader at Avon and Somerset Constabulary about their achievement of Skillsmark® endorsement for the following programmes
Guardian Intelligence End User Course
Guardian Incident End User Course
Guardian Intelligence Officers Course
Nick says "We wanted to benchmark our training programmes against high standards to show the quality of our training and market accordingly. The Skillsmark® team gave us direction. I sought advice on several occasions and they provided it over the phone when needed. I also used previous Skillsmark® applications to help me understand the framework."
"The process was really smooth, from submitting the route map and gaining valuable feedback to the panel day. The reviewer really tested us; this process ensured the quality of our programmes."
Employers tell us that the impact of achieving Skillsmark® is extremely positive, and provides evidence that their programmes are of real quality. For Avon and Somerset, it's not only this, but the competitive edge that they now have over other providers of similar courses.
"It demonstrates we are a quality training provider in the Criminal Justice sector," explains Nick. "It shows that our programmes are up-to-date and fit for purpose. This will give is a competitive edge in the future. It has shown us what to look for when our training is externally assessed and will help us in future Skillsmark® applications."
All endorsed programmes are listed on our Skillsmark® e-directory, so take a look and find learning programmes designed with your needs in mind that provide learners with the skills and knowledge that you need from your staff.
For more information on Skillsmark®, take a look at our website, call us on 0114 231 7386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that we will be running a series of workshops to improve good practice in vocational training assessment, the first two being launched are Implementing non-bureaucratic assessment and quality assurance processes and The New Assessor and Verifier Qualifications. See below for more detailed information.
Implementing non-bureaucratic assessment and quality assurance processes
These assessment workshops are aimed at those involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance process, particularly assessors and verifiers and will be practical sessions aimed at helping assessors and candidates with workplace assessment.
The sessions will show the links between everyday operational activities and the assessment process and will demonstrate how good assessment practice can improve operational performance without placing an additional burden onto candidates or assessors. It will provide an opportunity to meet with other assessors and verifiers from the justice sector to share ideas and practice.
Workshops will be run by Emma Hutchinson and Dave Foster who are highly experienced assessors, internal and external verifiers with over 30 years of operational experience in the Justice sector. Workshops will be held at our head office in Sheffield on the following dates
Tuesday 12 October
Wednesday 10 November
Thursday 11 November
Tuesday 16 November
Wednesday 17 November
Thursday 9 December
The delegate rate includes all refreshments, lunch and learning materials
The New Assessor and Verifier Qualifications
These workshops are aimed at Learning and Development Managers, trainers, assessors internal verifiers and any other staff with an interest in assessment and quality assurance. They will be practical sessions aimed at helping staff to get up to speed with the new QCF replacements for the ‘A’ and ‘V’ awards.
Attendees get the opportunity to meet with other assessors and verifiers from the justice sector to share ideas and practice. Workshops will be run by Geoff Carroll and Sharon Frazer, both very experienced consultants who developed the new qualifications of behalf of Lifelong Learning UK. Workshops will be held at our head office in Sheffield on the following dates
· Tuesday 23 November
· Wednesday 24 November
· Thursday 25 November
· Tuesday 30 November
The delegate rate includes all refreshments, lunch and learning materials
Both workshops are full-day events running from 09:30-16:30 and a full programme for each with the learning outcomes will be available soon. In order for all delegates to gain the best from these events we will restrict numbers to 15 delegates per workshop.
To book your place please contact Tonya Kennedy on 0114 231 7373 or email email@example.com stating which workshop you would like to attend. We will be holding more of these events at locations to be confirmed in the New Year, please contact us to express your interest in attending a future course.
Skills for Justice events are run at cost recovery andin order to help keep delegate rates low we are always keen to hear from employers who may be able to help with the use of their venue/training facilities. Please contact us if you can help.
Workshops can also be tailored to meet your organisation’s needs and delivered on your premises on a preferred date. If you think your organisation would benefit from a more tailored workshop please contact us to discuss.
Justice and Community Safety sector Collaborative Leadership Programme 2010 - Scotland
The third Justice and Community Safety sector Collaborative Leadership Programme will take place on 9-11 November 2010 at the Scottish Prison Service College, Polmont FK2 0DE.
The programme was designed and developed by employers in the sector, makes best use of existing knowledge, skills and experience in the sector, and is delivered by facilitators within the sector.
It does not teach leadership and management skills but provides an environment for senior leaders and managers to utilise their skills and work together to identify and evaluate strategies to move the Justice and Community Safety sector forward.
During the programme, delegates will
identify current and emerging issues in the Criminal Justice System and how these impact on organisations across the sector
analyse the concept of collaborative working at a senior level and what this means in the sector
identify and evaluate strategies to improve outcomes for offenders and our communities.
For more information download our flyer which gives details of how you can book your place. Alternatively, contact Libby Brumfitt on 0131 662 5234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Services Show 2010
Come and visit us at the Emergency Services Show 2010, taking place on the 24-25 November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
Building on the success of last year’s show, which attracted over 4000 attendees, this is a unique event promoting multi agency collaboration by bringing together everyone in the UK involved in an emergency, from the strategic planners and first responders to the manufacturers and suppliers of equipment used by these leading professionals.
Launched to facilitate collaboration, following the publication of The Civil Contingencies Act 2004, The Emergency Services Show provides access to the latest technology, ideas and initiatives focused on improving public safety and protecting the environment and the Critical National Infrastructure.
Visiting the Emergency Services Show will enable you to network with like-minded professionals and meet existing and new contacts whilst fulfilling all your equipment and service needs.
You will find us at stand E14 in the exhibitors lounge; make sure you don't miss out, for further information please visit http://www.ess2010.com/conference.html.
Consultation on the current suite of Forensic Science NOS
We are inviting you to take part in a consultation on the current suite of Forensic Science NOS to demonstrate coverage of the Reporting Scientist function.
In 2007 the 44 Forensic Science National Occupational Standards (NOS) were developed. They covered the areas of Crime Scene, Laboratory and Forensic Identification.
They were first approved by our Forensic Science Occupational Committee (FSOC) and have since been endorsed by the Forensic Science Regulator - they are incorporated into his own quality standards framework.
It was always acknowledged that further work might be needed to ensure that there were NOS that covered the function of the Reporting Scientist. A practitioner-based Working Group was set up to take this forward and we are now consulting on the results of this work.
Follow this link to take part in the consultation, which will be open for 3 weeks from 22 September, closing on 13 October 2010.
For more information please contact Marc Hannis on 07920 496 742 or email email@example.com.
ACPO Children and Young People National Strategy 2010-2013
The ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Children and Young People National Strategy has recently been released and offers a wealth of guidance for Police Forces.
The strategy is for individual forces that are either looking to, or are in the process of, developing local level strategies for children and young people.
An essential theme running throughout the strategy is the need to work more closely with partner organisations in a more joined-up way. Specific reference is made to the police fully engaging with inter-agency training programmes.
The strategy also includes a self assessment framework to assist police forces in measuring their own progress against the key areas outlined within the strategy.
The strategy is available to download now. For more information visit the ACPO website.
The Skills Development Framework
The Skills Development Framework (SDF) aims to support local employers to cultivate integrated working skills within their organisations and across the young people's workforce.
The framework is intended to inform the workforce about the skills and competences required for effective integrated working. It complements the specialist skills used by the workforce and will be useful to employers, employees, training providers (including workforce development managers) and national standards-setting bodies.
Download the Skills Development Framework.
The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is grateful to a wide range of employers and national workforce representatives who have helped to develop the SDF through extensive consultation. They have endorsed this model of integrated working standards. The model is consistent with the move towards integrated youth support led by employers of the young people's workforce, whether statutory, voluntary, private or independent. It can also be used to model good joint working practice.
Early implementation of the SDF phase one document is being reviewed from 6 September until 10 December 2010 to test its usefulness to employers, employees, volunteers and workforce development managers.
Please see the CWDC's SDF autumn review page to see how you can get involved - including review meetings, an online review and a discussion forum on CWDC Share Street.
For more information about the Young People's Workforce Reform Programme visit the CWDC website.