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PSA welcomes more resources for Probation Service

PSA welcomes additional resources for Probation Service

The announcement of extra probation officers and increases to probation service training budgets is very welcome news, PSA national secretary Lynn Middleton said today.

“PSA has made strenuous efforts over some years to have the serious resourcing problems within the Probation Service addressed. We are well aware of the difficulties faced by our members in the Service in successfully carrying out their job without adequate resources and sufficient qualified and trained staff. The extra probation officers announced today will alleviate some of the pressure on our members.”

Lynn Middleton said, however, that while today’s boost to the Service covers some major areas of need, there are still other issues which will need to addressed, as identified by a recent safety profile carried out by PSA within the Service, the full report on which will be available later this week.

“Our safety profile highlighted working alone and solo home visits as the greatest unsafe practice. This was followed closely by lack of staff; high caseloads, and the pressure of high risk offenders. The results of the profile are timely in that we believe it will inform priorities and best practices for how the new resources can be applied.”

Lynn Middleton said PSA has had a positive and co-operative relationship with the Minister and the Department of Corrections and would be making every effort to continue that.

“PSA is pleased to be part of an ongoing process of change to the Probation Service to ensure quality jobs and quality service.”

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