Staffing chaos in Grayling's 'new look' Probation Service

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Following the implementation of the Secretary of State Chris Grayling’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda, which came into practice on 1 June, the Probation Service is now split into a National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). However, both organisations are in chaos.The situation is exacerbated by serious staff shortages, 500 vacancies across England and Wales, leading to unallocated cases and staff having to bridge the gap across the two organisations. In an attempt to resolve the issue the Ministry of Justice is desperately trying to recruit new staff. This week an advert was placed in the Guardian looking to recruit Probation Officers from New Zealand and Australia currently living in the UK. Download a press statement from Napo