Covid-19 Bulletin 27

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Health and Safety is a cross-union issue

Since the start of the C-19 Lockdown process and subsequent to our special H&S training and seminars for Probation and Family Court members, we have seen a steady stream of new reps stepping up to carry out this important work. We have now contacted senior leaders within the NPS/CRC and Cafcass landscape seeking appropriate time off, so if you have volunteered to help out then please ensure that your line manager is aware and that you also contact your Napo Branch to let them know you are available (branches are also asked to update Napo Head Office).

As has been made clear previously, Health and Safety (even without the huge complication of a Global Pandemic) is an area that needs a collective approach so that the unions can do all that they can to ensure coverage of the demands that are emerging as the recovery planning gathers pace.

That’s why cross union talks have taken place to see how we can combine our available resources as we seek to ensure the safety of our members, and the attached joint statement CLICK HERE makes it clear that we need to work together at every opportunity.

Emerging developments regarding the C-19 Virus are at the forefront of our minds and as we continue to monitor changes in Government advice and engage with all employers its worth reminding members of some key documents that have recently been issued across the NPS. These supplement the Risk Assessment templates for Sentence Management, Courts and APs and similar agreements are being reached with CRC owners as they step up their recovery activities for intervention and programmes.

PPE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE

NPS CHECKLIST FOR EXISTING AND RECEIVING OFFICES IN THE EVENT OF OPENING

Where there are local difficulties in reaching agreement on Health and Safety issues the situation should be escalated through your Branch who will seek advice as necessary via the Link National Officer or Official.