Ian Lawrence's Blog

We are sure that all our members will welcome the news that at the recent meeting of the Napo National Executive Committee, it was decided to appoint Carole Doherty to fill the vacancy in the National Officers Group. Carole will fill this role...Read more

10th Jul 2020

Following an interview process which attracted two high quality candidates, Ian Freshwater will be taking on a new role as manager of Napo’s Union Learning Fund project in Wales with effect from next week. Ian will be engaging with employers and...Read more

10th Jul 2020

Napo has been deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Sue Hall. Sue was a stalwart of probation.

Sue was the former Chief Officer for West Yorkshire Probation Trusts, the Chair of Probation Chiefs Association and later went on to...Read more

01st Jul 2020

The protests that have taken place across the World this week, and those that are to follow in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, are a stark reminder that the lessons of history are all too easily forgotten.

Those...Read more

05th Jun 2020

Today’s big story on sentencing reform, and the return of the Tories favourite old pre-election mantra of ‘lock em up and throw away the key,’ is symptomatic of the failure by successive Governments to properly understand the need for a balanced...Read more

12th Aug 2019

Last week’s meeting of your NEC was the first to have taken place since last month’s dramatic Government U-turn on Probation. It was an important opportunity to hear from your elected representatives about how this major step forward has been...Read more

25th Jun 2019

Given the hundreds of positive messages that are coming into Napo HQ and via  social media it is clear that Thursday 16th May 2019 will be seen as one of the most pivotal days in Napo’s long and proud history.

Victory...Read more

17th May 2019

Napo, the trade union and professional association for probation staff is today celebrating a major turning point in its campaign to restore Probation to public sector ownership as the Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke, announces a...Read more

16th May 2019

In terms of media coverage, the lead stories on BBC and Sky news on Saturday following Rory Stewart's suggestion that under six-month sentences could be a thing of the past, was a huge boost for our campaigns....Read more

15th Jan 2019

If you celebrated Christmas but were not on duty over the festive period, the first Monday of the "New Year" brings that traditional challenge in the form of all those unopened mince pies, cakes and chocolates that your colleagues have...Read more

07th Jan 2019