Bring Back All Probation Work into the Public Sector at Local Level

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Conference
2019 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
Date
7 June 2019
Decision
Carried

Conference notes that the government intends to leave unpaid work, programmes and other rehabilitative services out in the private or voluntary sector when offender management is transferred into National Probation Service (NPS) Wales/NPS in 2019 and 2021.

Conference is totally opposed to this latest arbitrary split in probation which will only serve to extend and exacerbate the damage done to probation by the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms. Conference believes that the intention to keep Probation divided and outsourced is a dangerous mistake, as proved by the calamitous split forced on the Service by TR. Probation works best as a unified service with all functions under single control.

Conference notes the referral which the probation unions made to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013 that the UK Government was in breach of the ILO Forced Labour Convention by privatising unpaid work. Conference notes that the government is still in breach of the ILO Forced Labour Convention and that it will continue to be until unpaid work is brought back under public ownership and control.

Conference therefore instructs the Service Group Executive to campaign to seek to bring back unpaid work, programmes and other rehabilitative services back into public ownership and control as part of a decentralised, locally run, publically accountable and controlled probation service.