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Can you help shape Napo’s Training Strategy?

At its last meeting, Napo's Professional & Training Committee decided to undertake a probation-wide survey on how training is being delivered, it's effectiveness and how it can be improved.

Your help would be really appreciated. It will only take a few minutes of your time and the information you provide will be of huge help in the development of Napo's training strategy.

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OccupEye - an explanation

Napo was recently made aware of devises being fitted to desks in a CRC office by a member who was concerned about their purpose. We have received the following explanation from HMPPS in relation to this.

“They are devices that help us understand how buildings are being utilise/ get a better understanding of desk usage etc. We’ve used them before in NPS properties but this might be the first time the NPS have installed them in a CRC property. The attached comms was issued, however may not of filtered down".

Napo responds to Consultation on the ACO management structure for Proposed Probation Delivery Units

In summary, Napo is opposed to the proposal for fair and open competition to fill the new PDU/Deputy roles. We believe that these appointments must be handled under the existing mapping and matching process for the reasons set out below. Fair and open competition is outside the principles to which we are committed to deliver as part of the Staff Transfer and Protections Agreement – which makes no reference to any staff having to apply for jobs. Indeed, that has been the cornerstone of our approach to the current negotiations.

Ian Barrow appointed Interim Director for the Probation Workforce Programme

News just in that Ian Barrow has been appointed as Interim Director for the Probation Workforce Programme, following its recent launch. He will take up post on the 3 February. Members will know Ian from his previous role as Probation Divisional Director for the National Probation Service in Wales.

Menopause in the workplace - new Acas guidance

Around two million women face difficulties in work because of one of the workplace’s biggest taboos: the menopause. That’s a significant number of women currently dealing with symptoms which can be severe and temporarily debilitating. And traditionally, very hard to talk about.

To mark World Menopause Day on Friday 18th October, Acas has published new guidance to help employers and managers break the silence to support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. READ MORE

Staff transfer negotiations stall

Negotiations between the unions and HMPPS to reach agreement on the terms for transfer of Offender Management work and CRC staff to the NPS in Wales in December this year, and the NPS in England, and other future probation providers in 2021 (should new contracts emerge) have stalled. It was hoped to finalise a staff transfer and protections agreement last week to provide the best possible terms for members to move from their CRCs to the NPS/other providers.


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