Whilst Napo members will welcome the Government U-turn which will see the transfer of Offender Management work to the NPS England and Wales by April 2021, the evidence against leaving Intervention services to the vagaries of the market are writ large in the failure of the last experiment. Ian Lawrence and Sarah Friday report…
The Observer yesterday reported on a new research into the effects of TR by Professor Gill Kirton, of Queen Mary University of London, and Dr Cécile Guillaume, of Roehampton University. The findings, published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, published by the British Sociological Association, show that "the privatisation of probation is unprecedented in terms of its scale and scope and it has proven to be something of an unmitigated disaster for professionals".
The TUC launches its #ThisIsNotWorking campaign today. The campaign calls on the government to introduce a new, easily enforceable preventative duty that would require employers to take all reasonable steps to prevent social harassment in the workplace.
Another challenging issue for Napo at the moment is the position of our members who are called to give evidence to Coroners Inquests in increasing numbers.
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 received by Napo members, but it was also about mapping out our priorities for the next stages of our campaign to see the return of all Probation work to full public control and ownership.
Work continues on the programme for this year's AGM, 11th and 12th October, in the St Davids Hall, Cardiff. We now have a nearly full programme of lunchtime and early evening workshops and fringe meetings planned. There will be a chance to hear from anti-racist campaign organisation, Show Racism the Red Card, and from a new arrival on the Napo stall scene, Narcotics Annonymous, who will run a workshop on the work the organisation does.
The Justice Select Committee continues to look at the Probation Service, following the publication of it's comprehensive report into TR. Most recently the committee took evidence from the new Justice Minister, Robert Buckland. They also questioned Amy Rees,Director General for Probation and HMPPS Wales, Ministry of Justice, Jim Barton, Director and Senior Responsible Owner, Probation Reform Programme, and Sonia Crozier, Chief Probation Officer, HM Prison and Probation Service in the same session.
There are still a few spaces left at the H&S reps training event which will take place on Monday 8th July to Wednesday 10th July and will be held in Room GW1 in the PCS Head Office, 160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2NY (a couple of minutes walk from Clapham Junction train station).
The three days will cover the basics of health and safety reps duties and their rights; it will also give an introduction to relevant legislation, look at the safety structure of the NPS and CRCs and discuss probation specific case studies and issues such as stress at work.
Lord Farmer’s second review looks at strengthening family and other relational ties across both custody and the community through the lens of female offenders. It finds that supporting women to build and maintain healthy relationships is key to rehabilitation and reducing intergenerational crime. Read More
The programme for this year's AGM in Cardiff is shaping up nicely. Outgoing HM Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey has agreed to be on the panel for the debate on the future direction of Probation. She will join Amy Rees, Executive Director HMPPS Wales and Strategy. We also hope to have Shadow Justice Secretary, Richard Burgon, and JSC Chair, Bob Neill.