PROBATION OFFICERS are at increased risk as a result of being forced out of offices, they warned yesterday.
Napo AGM resolved to take a stand after hearing that budget cuts had led to staff regularly being forced to work alone.
Jill Narin, a probation officer in the union’s South/South Western region, told the conference that staff for one privatised probation provider were forced to move out of their former office before their new workplace had opened.
“Many of the staff were expected to continue to carry out their work without having a base from which to practice,” she said.
Members warned that staff supporting family court participants were facing a similar fate, and were being forced to work alone.
“While the risks faced by lone workers are similar to other workers … the hazards are greater due to the fact that they are on their own,” Ms Narin said.