I am delighted to share with you the news that Probation Officers and CP Project Officers will no longer be required to participate in a ring fence selection process. I have reached this decision as per the CRCs commitment to continuously review our current FTE position. Further to this review, I am aware that a number of colleagues (Probation Officers and Probation Service Officers) have recently secured other roles outside of West Yorkshire CRC. This has resulted in a position whereby we are now approximately 6 FTE over establishment on our budgeted Senior Case Manager posts in the new model.
In view of this, I have decided to accept the existing surplus Probation Officer position and in addition accepted the surplus in CP Placement Coordinator posts in the new model. I am aware that we are now slightly under our budgeted Case Manager by approximately 5 FTE due to recent leavers. As a result I have taken a pragmatic decision that in West Yorkshire CRC an increase in the budgeted Senior Case Manager grade will account for the short fall we have in the budgeted Case Manager posts.
Therefore, I wish to confirm that all Probation Officers and CP Project Officers will have a post secure in the new structure. Our long term aim is to arrive at the new budgeted figures. However, this will be achieved through natural movement and leavers.
I am sure this news will be very welcome by staff and I would have hoped to have been in this position earlier without staff having to spend time on completing employee reports. I do want to re-assure all staff that we are constantly reviewing our figures and workload. Where possible I am keen to ensure we maximise employment opportunities and reduce any potential redundancies.