Napo HQ Blog

One of the government’s stated objectives of TR was to “open up the market” and to enhance the role of the third sector. This has not materialized, and the impact of TR has been to shut out many small third sector and private sector organisations:...Read more
26th Apr 2019
TR was supposed to deliver end-to-end offender management - a worthy aim. As sited by HMI Probation “there is much more prospect of a relationship that is strong and fruitful if it is maintained with one probation worker over the period of...Read more
26th Apr 2019
Napo’s warnings of the dangers of “burnout” for NPS staff with only high-risk caseloads have sadly proved real. Before the split, staff were more likely to have a balanced caseload that provided some light relief and assisted with risk management by...Read more
18th Apr 2019
The Probation Service lost a lot when it lost the Trusts; with their visible and accessible local leadership, personal autonomy and opportunities to try innovative practice and team working. Napo members feel this ethos has gone in the top-down...Read more
18th Apr 2019
Napo, welcomed many of the findings in the Chief Inspectors Report into the National Probation Service Wales (published on Wednesday) but called for all work to be taken into public ownership. Whilst acknowledging the positive conclusions about the...Read more
17th Apr 2019
Earlier this week the BBC reported that number of people dying while on probation in England and Wales has risen by almost a third in three years, analysis of official figures shows. Commenting on the report in the press, Katie Lomas, Napo's...Read more
17th Apr 2019
David Gauke, Secretary of State, in a speech to the JSC explained that there is a further delay to publicising the response to the consultation and he is now considering all options with regards to the future including the boundary between public...Read more
15th Apr 2019
Back before the government’s woeful justice reforms, probation trusts were able to develop local links with businesses, the community and had knowledge of the area and people living there. These links were critical for finding unpaid work placements...Read more
15th Apr 2019
It’s fair to say that Transforming Rehabilitation has had an adverse – dangerous even – impact on the ability of probation staff to manage the risk of their clients and keep the public safe. Before the service was butchered, categorising clients...Read more
15th Apr 2019
Working Links: collapsed. Interserve: liquidated. When two out of the eight owners of private companies delivering probation services fall on their swords, it is surely time for a rethink. But blinkered as ever, the Tories for now seem intent on...Read more
08th Apr 2019

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