NarpsUK is privileged to work with a number of external partners who provide us with credible guidance in developing industry standards, training programmes, qualifications and up-to-date information which we are able to offer as part of our membership benefits. Our relationship with these organisations also means that we are able to represent our members’ interests at both national and local level.
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The Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries providing nationally recognised, accredited training and qualifications. NarpsUK is a member of their steering committee and, through this partnership, provides updates on the latest news and information regarding changes to laws relating to animal welfare. The NarpsUK pet-sitting course was co-written with the help of their experts.
The Trade Association Forum (https://www.taforum.org/ )
Develops and shares best practice among UK trade associations and promotes the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public. NarpsUK is a full member and receives advice and guidance on running the association to established professional standards.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The oldest animal welfare charity, ensuring that all animals can live a life free from pain and suffering. NarpsUK will work with RSPCA Advisers regarding difficult animal welfare decisions and standards as well as in developing industry standards.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare
NarpsUK are members of this group and attend meetings at Parliament regarding potential changes to legislation within animal welfare with particular interest in dogs. This group brings together the most important organisations within the animal welfare sector.
The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England
This body is responsible for strategic animal health and welfare policy, and oversight of implementation in relation to England, taking account of public health considerations. It is the principal source of departmental advice to Defra ministers on all strategic health and welfare matters relating to all kept animals in England. The Board’s role is to set the strategic policy framework, using it as the basis for day-to-day advice to ministers and day-to-day operational actions.
The Pet Advisory Committee (https://www.petadvisorycommittee.org.uk/)
PAC is a unique organisation with an impressive membership, made up of major animal welfare charities, veterinary organisations, environmental health, local authority and trade associations. Its remit is to examine the role of companion animals in society and to make recommendations to central and local government as to how pets can best fit into the environment, in the interests of the animal, its owner and the wider community.
The Canine & Feline Sector Group (https://www.dogbreedhealth.com/canine-and-feline-sector-group/ )
The Group represents the dog and cat sector and comprises representatives from the industry, welfare and rescue organisations. Its remit is to be a functioning sector council that advises the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) and Defra Ministers on the key issues affecting dogs and cats.
NarpsUK is a member of this committee which is currently reviewing dog boarding licensing conditions set out in the CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) National Guidelines.
The Professionalism Group - Susie Kay, Association Adviser
Susie has worked with professional associations for more than 20 years, advising on the wider aspects of professional excellence, personal development, professional standards and robust operations and governance arrangements.
She is a Best Practice Awards judge for the Trade Association Forum, a founding members of the Expert Advisory Board of The CPD Standards Office; an Ambassador for the MemberWise Network, a conference speaker and a published author.