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Napo 3Cs Workloads Campaign

The aim of the campaign is to:

  • Confront the issue of high workloads
  • Challenge the employers to address them
  • Champion professional Standards

Napo's five campaign demands

1. Implementation of an effective workload management tool based on realistic timings by all Probation employers.
2. Training and guidance for managers on managing on workloads and how to support frontline staff.
3. Workloads to be a standing item on all consultation and negotiating bodies and the establishment of local Workloads Committees.
4. All employers to acknowledge a duty of care for staff well-being and to carry out workload/stress audits and also take remedial action.
5. Probation Operating Models are audited to ensure they are fully resourced and properly staffed to allow client focussed work and maintain professional standards.

Impact of Workloads Survey

At the end of March 2017 Napo undertook a survey of members to  document instances of excessive, unsafe, workloads and to collect staff’s concerns about this.

The survey was conducted across the whole of Napo’s membership. This covers the National Probation Service, the 21 Community Rehabilitation Services, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, Agency workers and Cafcass (Family Court Services).
The response to the survey, which was conducted between 20 March and 14 April, was overwhelming with Napo members providing information across all seven NPS regions and all of the CRCs. In the Family Courts the response was even higher.

A briefing was produced for parliamentarians from the survey findings

A stress survey was also conducted among staff working for the CRCs operated by Purple Futures

What you can do to support the 3Cs campaign

  • Attend Napo branch meetings and open meetings to dicuss the situation in your workplace and to find out more about the campaign. Contact your local Napo branch for information.
  • Raise workloads at their team meetings
  • Adhere to Napo's advice on stress and workloads - download here
  • Raise concerns about workloads at supervision meetings and record this and any agreed outcomes
  • Put in foreseeability notices – where appropriate
  • Support Napo campaign activities -see above


Download campaign material below

POSTERS (A4, A3 or A2)