“Totally unacceptable” – Napo slams National Probation Service report

Napo has described as “totally unacceptable” a report by Her Majesty’s Inspector for Probation into the functionality of the National Probation Service (NPS).

With 615 staff vacancies across England and Wales the NPS is now struggling to cope with demand as staff experience ever increasing workloads and, according to the inspector, 68% of staff said they failed to complete their weekly management tasks with 60% of staff reportedly over-worked.

Napo general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “This report vindicates what Napo has been saying since the NPS was formed five  years ago. It is not sustainable in its current form and as such we have seen an increase in Serious Further Offences, staff burn out and members reporting a lack of time to complete meaningful work with clients.

“The report also states that there is no strategic plan for following up on Serious Further Offences for lessons learnt to be shared with staff. This is wholly unacceptable. The NPS has chosen to treat its staff in a draconian way should an SFO occur yet are failing to put in place the vary basics themselves.”

Napo is calling for an urgent review of the NPS and is campaigning to have it taken out of the civil service and to be fully reunified and brought back into public ownership.

Ian Lawrencesaid: “Probation is a vital service for protecting the public and rehabilitating clients back into society. Since it’s part privatisation introduced by Chris Grayling, it has been brought to its knees. The government must now listen to the Unions and the workforce and restore the service to the award winning status it was before.”

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