I can't believe why more staff aren't posting with examples of poor treatment on here - why out of 200 staff am I the only one to post about this, people should be shouting from the rooftops. Yvonne Thomas is taking phonecalls this afternoon so it will be interesting to hear what questions staff call in with.
People are frightened. They don't want to be identified & punished for revealing the reality. They know what the Trusts did, they heard what Sodexo did, they need their jobs. So far all I see TR has achieved is a raft of negative outcomes: splitting the service, distressing the staff, taking the piss. But from where I stand there's little I can change.
I took action - I took legal advice (expensive), I took union advice (pisspoor), I spoke with my MP (buffoon), I wrote to the press (ineffective), I challenged senior managers (unpleasant), I challenged the CEO (deeply unpleasant), I wrote to the Chair of the new owners (unanswered). The inevitable happened & I walked - I could still feel cold steel in my back for some considerable time. At least I tried. Others kept their counsel, kept their heads down, smiled & are still there as far as I know.
My thoughts are with those facing shitty times ahead.
The funny thing is that this blog is reflective of probation staff. We all are stupid enough to have that bit of goodwill left, that hunger to learn the trade and commitment to deliver the service. This is despite the Royal shafting we've all taken in the ass from the probation service, and that's from Trust's, NPS and CRC's. Probation training and practice is now done on the cheap, staff are being let go, offenders are a commodity, offices are looking like McDonald's, unions are dead in the water, etc, etc, etc. There is no evidence base any more, nobody cares about the pros and cons of RM2000 and nobody is going to speak their mind in public for fear of reprisals.