New Probation Officer

Maurilia Veloso was employed by the Jersey Probation and After-Care Service (JPACS) in April 2009, as an Assistant Probation Officer, with responsibility for working with Portuguese speaking clients and those of Portuguese heritage following a career in the States of Jersey Social Security Department. Ms Veloso was appointed Trainee Probation Officer in January 2011 and commenced a three and a half year B.A. (Honours) degree in Social Work through Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen. This programme combines distance learning with Channel Island tutorial meetings and annual short residential components at the University.

Ms Veloso studied alongside colleagues from Guernsey Probation Service who also share this model of Probation Officer training through RGU. On this occasion the cohort of trainees was completed by student Social Workers from Jersey’s Health and Social Services Department.

As part of her degree, Ms Veloso was required to complete two practice placements, the first of which was a three-month placement with the Madeiran Probation Service and the second a six-month placement within Health and Social Services (Children’s Service) in the Fostering and Adoption Department. Ms Veloso successfully completed her degree in August 2014.

Throughout her degree, and in her post qualification year Ms Veloso was given increasing responsibility for undertaking Probation Officer tasks under the supervision of more experienced colleagues.

At a meeting of the Jersey Royal Court on 22nd October, also attended by the Magistrate and a representative of the Attorney General, an application by the Chief Probation Officer to appoint Ms Veloso as a Délégué (Probation Officer) under the Loi (1937) sur l’atténuation des peines et sur la mise en liberté surveillée (“The1937 Probation Law”) was considered and approved, with Ms Veloso taking the oath of office in the Royal Court on Friday 6th November 2015 at 10.00 a.m.

Brian Heath Chief Probation Officer said “I am delighted to congratulate Maurilia on her achievement in being appointed as a Probation Officer. The Jersey Probation and After Care Service has long history of training local people to fill its professional roles. More recently together with the Guernsey Probation Service, we have used the RGU distance learning degree programme, which allows staff with family or other commitments to access a Social Work qualification.  14 of our 20 Social Work qualified staff have trained through a local training scheme including three of the four senior managers.”



JFCAS Report and Action Plan

The work of our Jersey Family Court Advisory Service (JFCAS) performs with couples who have separated and cannot agree on the arrangements for their children has been inspected for the first time since the Service was formed in 2010. The report and the resulting action plan was received by the Royal Court’s Probation Board on 28th September 2015. The reports can be found here.

French Delegation in Jersey

The Jersey Probation and After Care Service is delighted to be hosting a delegation from the French National Probation and Prison Training Academy (ENAP) this week. The delegation comprises six lecturers and practitioners led by the Probation Department Director M. Michel Flauder. M. Cédric Le Bossé the ENAP International Relations Officer is accompanying the group.

The ENAP delegation are spending the working week with Jersey colleagues; the programme includes presentations by Jersey Officers and Professor Raynor of Swansea University on aspects of Probation work in Jersey and direct observation of Jersey Probation and After Care staff working with their clients. The delegation chose to visit Jersey Probation and After Care Service because of its longstanding reputation for delivering effective assessment and supervision practice. The group have also met with the Bailiff, Jurats, Attorney General and the Magistrate as part of their programme.

Basic Police Disclosure Certificate

You may have seen in the paper last week that the police are now offering a Basic Police Disclosure Certificate which allows people to obtain a document that lists only their unspent convictions.

Previously this was only obtainable through Disclosure Scotland at £40; this new document will be available locally at £20.

The application form is available on the SOJ website in the Personal Info section or can collect from PHQ inquiry desk.