CONFIDENCE and morale among ethnic minority probation officers has plummeted because of government attacks on the service, research showed yesterday.
The findings follow a survey of black, Asian and minority-ethnic (BAME) Probation Service staff by their unions and professional bodies.
The government introduced changes known as “Transforming Rehabilitation.”
At the same time it hived off profitable parts of the service to the private sector, leaving Probation Service staff to deal with the non-profitable and most difficult cases.
Interim results of the survey revealed that 80 per cent of BAME staff have experienced lower confidence and 83 per cent a drop in morale.
The survey also showed rising concern at unfair treatment and procedural breaches.
National Association of Probation Officers general secretary Ian Lawrence said: “Morale is at an all-time low for staff and this is likely to worsen as workloads soar and private providers make job cuts.”