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PROBATION STAFF AND COVID19 - JOINT UNION STATEMENT

22/05/2020

GMB/SCOOP (Senior and Chief Officers of Probation) and other probation unions, NAPO, UNISON are working together to protect Black/BAME members in the National Probation Service (NPS) and in the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies CRCs) in relation to the increased risk from Covid19 affecting members of Black/BAME communities in the UK.

EVIDENCE OF INCREASED RISK TO BLACK/BAME COMMUNITIES

NHS England confirmed on 7 May 2020* that members of Black/BAME communities are among those groups who are clinically vulnerable to Covid19. They stated:

‘We now know there is evidence of disproportionate mortality and morbidity amongst

black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, including our NHS staff, who have

contracted COVID-19.’

The NHS has subsequently issued detailed guidance for NHS employers to undertake specific risk assessments of the vulnerability of Black/BAME staff to Covid19 and appropriate action to reduce exposure to, and the risk from, Covid19 for Black/BAME staff.

The police service has quickly adopted the same approach for police officers and police staff.

We therefore demand that HMPPS takes similar action now!

In a recent meeting with senior HMPPS officials, GMB/SCOOP called on the NPS and CRCs to proactively respond to the NHS statement, and follow the NHS risk assessment programme to protect Black/BAME probation staff. We made clear that we expect them to adopt the same approach.

We do not believe that there is time to wait for further research on the risk of Covid19 to Black/BAME communities, which Public Health England is due to publish in a few weeks time.

We need action now to protect our Black/BAME members!

RAISE YOUR CONCERNS WITH HMPPS!

REFERENCES:

*NHS Statement on Increased Risk of Covid19 to Black communities:

*NHS Risk Assessment Framework for Black staff in relation to Covid19:

 

 
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