We have secured some extra consultation time following Napo providing further information in relation to the the important consultancy support that DSOU facilitators have been providing to sentence management, and providing the latest statutory Domestic Abuse guidance, which clearly calls for the need for domestic abuse specialists as well.
It will be important for these tasks to also feature in the job descriptions, so please all do get involved in the focus groups which are about to commence, both regionally and then nationally. There will be separate focus groups for each of the different programmes and also one for our admin colleagues. Whatever programme is delivered, you all do such good and professional work and have a significant role in reducing crime and risk management. Ensure the evidence of this is highlighted in the focus groups.
In our recent consultation meeting, the employer talked about the implementation of an “interim workload measurement tool”. As this was the first we had heard about it, we have said we will need to consult in more detail BEFORE this is rolled out, so we will be asking formally, along with our sister union Unison, for the consultation period to be extended.
Thank you to everyone who is taking the time to get in touch and keep us up to date with your thoughts etc, and please continue to do so.
Carole Doherty and Tania Bassett at Napo HQ