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Review process for JCF begins

Issue: 30/08/2019

The first meeting of the panel set up to review the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) has taken place at the Kennel Club’s London headquarters, the Kennel Club has confirmed. 
At the meeting, Irene McManus formerly Convener of the SKC for several years, was elected chairman of the panel. She had been appointed originally to represent the views of those connected to open shows.
In all, 16 delegates attended the meeting representing a wide range of interested groups within the dog world including established and early stage judges, representatives of  numerically small and large breeds and championship and open show organisers, among other groups. Also in attendance were Kennel Club Chairman Tony Allcock and Judges Committee member Paul Harding.
The panel was formed as a result of a resolution passed at the Kennel Club AGM in May of this year, later endorsed by the KC Board, that the JCF be placed on hold pending a complete assessment of the scheme by an independent review body.
Following the meeting its Chairman Irene McManus said: “A very constructive discussion took place at this first meeting of the JCF review panel, at which delegates presented the views of interested parties who had answered an initial list of questions for this first phase. We now look forward to holding further meetings with a view to building a positive future for the education and training of dog show judges in the UK.”
The objectives of the review group and the terms of reference of the review were listed in a recent Kennel Club announcement which can be accessed online at . 
The next meetings of the review panel will take place on September 23 and October 21.
There is a great deal of interest in how the JCF Review Body is progressing and readers will be interested to hear what the preliminary broad initial recommendations will be.
Suffice it to say that though those who attended have not yet publicly divulged any of the detail of the first meeting, most of those present including Irene McManus the elected Chairperson, seem to be of the view that the meeting was extremely constructive.  One member of the group commented: “Personally I was pleasantly surprised that such a diverse group of dog people with such a wide spread of backgrounds, could agree on so many aspects of what they think needs to be done.” 
In view of the great interest by judges, exhibitors and show organisers alike, it is good that the group will move promptly to have a further two meetings in the course of the next two months to review the detail of what they have now agreed.
As in other spheres these days (such as Brexit) there is a need for certainty on the longer term way forward for judge training, development and approval to be established soon. To that extent the Kennel Club Board is to be congratulated for encouraging this group to make progress quickly in formulating its proposals. 

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