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 courts) and NDSN (National Disabled Staff Network).
These disappeared after the split and a vacuum was created. Two and a half years later we are pleased to announce the birth of the new Networks. These are DAWN (Disability, Advocacy Wellbeing Network), PiPP (Pride in Prison and Probation which covers minority Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity), and RISE (Racial Inclusion and striving for Equality, covering Black Asian and Minority Ethnic matters).
They are open to staff who are employed throughout NOMS (Now HM Prisons and Probation Service) as well as colleagues from CRCs and the contracted estate but unfortunately not Cafcass which is covered by a different department.
The Networks are for everyone whether you identify with the protected characteristics or not and we would encourage as many of you to register as possible. The aim is to provide a voice for employees to ensure all our staff irrespective of protected characteristics feel supported and accepted (HM Prisons and Probation Service) and striving towards equal and inclusive practices and processes to positively impact the organisational culture within. It is hoped that Napo members will join and grow the relevant Networks embracing diversity as a core value within Napo. What this means for you: peer support, a collaborative,accepting environment, community feeling and togetherness, having a say on issues that affect you, being more than a lone voice, development opportunities. The aim is to create a great place to work – a safe and inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages respect and equality.
Eriks Puce, Area Lead for DAWN South East England
Richard Clark, Area Lead for DAWN London