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Cross-Government review of the Security Profession

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Hi, I’m Kay and I head up Jonathan Lloyd White’s Business Management team. Part of my role involves supporting Jonathan as Head of Profession across Government

I want to give you all an update about the review which Jonathan commissioned earlier this year to establish the health of the Security Profession across Government. This review gives us a good baseline to work from and importantly identifies areas where we can make improvements.

Some of you may have completed the questionnaire which was sent out as part of the review. We received 349 responses from people working across the security community, with 33 different Government Departments and Agencies represented. Both, Jonathan and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to share views and provide feedback. So what did you tell us?

Some of the key findings

Not surprisingly, the review found that there is already a lot of positive work happening in the Profession. People commented on their strong commitment and passion for the Profession and felt that there was already strong leadership in place.

But you also told us about areas where we can make further improvements:

  • Ensuring that information, knowledge, ideas and best practice are shared more widely
  • Do more to raise the profile of the Profession
  • Set out clear career paths
  • Ensure that the Security Profession is more diverse

Watch out for future blogs from Jonathan and others about some of these issues.

Other updates

We’ve now got a cross-Government Security Profession Development Group (SPDG) who meet quarterly. This group is looking at actions we need to take to develop the Profession including the findings mentioned above. We are planning to do regular blogs here to cover the key outcomes of every quarterly meeting, so keep checking back to stay updated.

And finally, we have just received a request from the Civil Service Head of Professions asking us to produce a maturity assessment by the end of December 2014 with improvement plans submitted by the end of February 2015. So it’s good to see we are ahead of the game!


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