Please find attached Napo’s Operational Plan for 2016. The draft plan was considered at the November meeting of the NEC and the attached version was approved.
The plan is based on Napo’s ongoing strategic aims and objectives and references resolutions passed at the Eastbourne AGM. It provides a framework for the work of Napo nationally and locally including Napo’s NEC and national committees.
Napo’s work as set out in the 2015 plan is described in the annual report and is not included in this document. The only exception is in relation to employer issues and the following highlights action taken during the past year under that heading:
• An extensive programme of staff development training was initiated
• All staff especially all Admin staff undertook the BACS Direct Debit training
Napo's Objectives 2016
Objective 1: Promoting and protecting members' interests
Securing the promotion and protection of members’ interests at work. This objective includes the maintenance of Probation and Cafcass as public sector services, with job security, decent and fair pay, pensions and conditions with national collective bargaining, fair and measurable workloads, equality, health and safety and representation. Ensuring the best use of Napo’s income via sound financial planning, monitoring of budgets and reviewing member services.
• Continue to expose the disastrous consequences of the privatisation of Probation
• Continue to develop a unifying workloads campaign strategy
• Pursue 2015/16 pay settlement in line with union’s negotiating objectives
• Update the current NNC Job Evaluation Scheme and ensure reps are trained to carry out job evaluation
• Demand proper consultation over new style CRC offices
• Pursue a pay settlement in line with the union’s negotiating objectives
Probation and Cafcass
• Monitor workload issues locally and nationally
• Continue to review and extend member services in line with Napo’s financial planning and procedures
• Supporting the right to privacy and family life
Health and Safety
• Demand for existing statutory rights of safety representatives to be upheld, and for fair and equitable facility time to be granted to safety representatives (AGM Resolution3)
Objective 2: Formulating Professional, Training and Developmental Policies
Promoting the best professional policies, training and development, and qualifications in Probation and Cafcass, based on anti-discriminatory practice and a fundamental commitment to diversity. Providing advice and guidance to members and ensuring regular monitoring and evaluation of policy and practice.
• Examine the full impact of the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme on training and professional development and practice
• Promote the professional association aspect of Napo
• Promoting and protecting professional standards and qualifications
• Examine the implications of the introduction of the Rehabilitation Activity Requirements
• Continue engagement with the Probation Institute
• Provide responses to NOMS draft Probation Instructions
• Continue to support the work of the Union Learning project in Wales and bid for a new project in England.
Objective 3: Campaigning and Communicating
Maintaining Napo’s high profile in successfully campaigning, promoting and communicating Napo’s policies and values. Organising our campaign against budget cuts and the threat of privatisation in order to maintain the Probation Service and Cafcass as public services, promoting best practice and ensuring sufficient resources are provided to guarantee jobs and service delivery. To work with unions, relevant organisations, MPs, Assembly Members, peers, parliamentary groups and others as appropriate in relation to wider public service campaigns.
• Continue to develop a unifying workloads campaign strategy
• Campaign to end indefinite detention under Immigration Rules via the Family Courts Unions Parliamentary Group (AGM Resolution 2)
• Coordinate work against the Government’s Trade Union Bill with other unions
• Campaign with other groups to revoke the Criminal Courts Cost Charge
• Call on the MoJ to review the Post Sentence Supervision period
• Continue to campaign against the bureaucratic practices as a result of the Transforming Rehabilitation programme and highlight in the media
• Coordinate work against the Government’s ongoing austerity measures with other unions, including the TUC and TUCG
• Continue the fight against the political threat posed by fascist and far right groups
• Produce new look quarterly larger editions of Napo News, including widening use of the online Napo News site
• Provide regular briefings and statements to parliamentarians and the print and broadcast media; send regular e-bulletins to branches on campaigning issues
• Support and promote the Probation and Family Court Journals, and occasional monographs and improve accessibility
• Continued use of improved Napo website as a primary interface with members, utilise learning and development components, interactive elements such as the forums and continue to increase the use of new technology like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
Objective 4: Building a strong, accessible and inclusive union
Prioritising the organising and recruitment strategy to provide growth in membership representative of all staff in Probation and Cafcass. Promoting structural reform that improves efficiency, democracy and accessibility. Providing trade union education and lifelong learning which empowers members and engenders union activity and organising specialist conferences for members.
Implementing and reviewing progress in relation to policy and action to combat racism, homophobia and heterosexism, sexism, transphobia, ageism, oppression based on religion/beliefs and promoting the social model of disability to combat oppression and discrimination. Promoting full equality and opportunity for all members.
Trade Union Organisation
• Include Professional Associate Members in the quoracy for AGMs (Constitutional Amendment)
• Continue to review the union’s structures
• Maintain and support the National Representation Panel and organise a recruitment process when necessary
• Develop new activists via the new Training Programme
• Take action against negative changes to disabled members’ reasonable adjustments (AGM Resolution 1)
• Maintain close working relationship with staff associations and support their fight for adequate funding from NOMS
• Plan the next WiN conference
• Continue to ensure that Probation and Cafcass keep equality and diversity at the heart of their structures promoting best practice and policy
• Continue the revision of Napo’s equality policies creating one all encompassing policy in line with the Equalities Act (2010)
• Continue with and review the process of monitoring statistics at AGM
• Review equality training: subject, content and delivery
Training Courses, Seminars, Conferences and Events
• Provide a full range of trade union education/health and safety/union learning/equality and diversity courses which include accredited training
• Organise AGM in Cardiff in October 2016
• Organise specialist conferences and seminars for members in Probation and Cafcass taking account of any review of current arrangements and financial savings
• Enable representation at TUC Congress and the TUC equality conferences
• Ensure that all these events are accessible to all members to enable them to be representative of the diversity of membership
Objective 5: Acting as an effective and responsible employer committed to equal opportunities
Ensuring the maintenance of an efficient and modern Napo head office by promoting equality and trust and supporting and developing staff. Acting as a good equal opportunities employer committed to consultation, negotiation and collective bargaining, valuing diversity and the contribution of staff. Ensuring that the recruitment and selection of staff is based on these same principles.
Improvement where possible of the fabric and environment of Chivalry Road. Using all resources, including information databases and technology, finance and membership services, in the most effective way in support of Napo’s objectives.
• Improve the fabric and environment of Chivalry Road where possible
• Continue the review and update of all Red Book policies
• Deliver Annual Development Review (ADR) process and identified training
• Maintain the work of the Equal Opportunities sub-group
• Hold quarterly staff meetings, monthly administrator and weekly administrator workloads meetings
• Maintain involvement of union shops in employment related issues
• Provide equality and diversity, ADR, Health & Safety, Dignity at Work, and recruitment and selection training to all staff as required
• Continue working to the implemented financial procedures to ensure sound financial planning and regular reviews of budgets
• Continue to update the membership system and data especially in relation to the introduction of Direct Debit
• Continue to keep the website up to date