#NQ5 Ian Lawrence writes

Where next for Collective Bargaining? The changes to Napo’s operational priorities compared with the industrial world we inhabited before Transforming Rehabilitation has been as massive as we predicted and much more besides. Moving from three National Bargaining areas (The Probation Association, Cafcass and the Probation Board of Northern Ireland) to 24 employers has tested our…

#NQ5 Campaigning: new year – new committee

January saw Napo’s campaigning committee meet for the first time this year at HQ’s brand new offices. Two new members – Terry Wilson (elected chair) and Tina Williams (link officer) –now sit alongside existing committee members Guy Tilbury; Jill Narin (vice chair) and Tania Basset (link official) to deliver on the motions passed at 2016’s…

#NQ5 NAPSAC

NAPSAC is a wonderful opportunity for people to get together. You don`t have to be a hardened or experienced walker. In fact you don’t have to be a walker at all; but I defy anyone to be in the lovely locations we visit and not want to do some sort of walking even if it…

#NQ5 Edridge

When I spoke at Napo AGM last year I was struck by how many people came up to me and said how  Edridge had helped them when they faced challenges that seemed overwhelming. I offered to publicise the work of Edridge more widely, given that support from colleagues is needed now more than ever. So…

#NQ5 Family Court Focus

Napo to propose domestic violence motion at GFTU conference Napo will be urging the GFTU to support research into the treatment of victims of domestic violence in family courts. The motion – which will be put to the GFTU’s General Council Meeting in May – was developed in response to calls for an emergency review…

#NQ5 The impact of workload pressures on practice

Probation staff have repeatedly raised concerns on the impact of increasing workloads on the services they deliver since TR was introduced. Feeling under pressure to cut corners and to meet unrealistic targets, those in the CRCs and NPS worry they are failing service users – and ultimately the public – in achieving rehabilitative and reduced…

#NQ5 New staff networks

Many Napo members will remember the old staff networks that existed prior to the unfortunate Transforming Rehabilitation  and abolition of the Trusts to create the new NPS and CRCs. These were Association of Black Probation Officers, National Association of Asian Probation Staff, LAGIP (Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexual and Transgendered Individuals working in probation and family…