At Napo we get many calls to our membership section about who can join Napo as a full member. Understandably, confusion sometimes arises as result of Napo’s name. Which many believe is still an acronym for the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO). However, this was changed in the late 90s when after much discussion and debate Napo changed and rebadged itself as Napo – The union for probation and family Courts.
This change was driven by a couple of factors, the first being the creation of Cafcass and our members no longer just being employed by probation. The second was to make Napo more accessible to all grades and advertise that Napo membership was not restricted just to probation officers. Over the last decades we have increasingly, being able to reach out to PSOs and admin grades and our membership in these grades has increased accordingly.
Moreover, with the upheaval in probation since TR and the creation of CRCs and changes in the nature of employment Napo again changed its constitution. Therefore membership is open to all those working in rehabilitative services not just probation and family courts and you do not have to be a permanent employee as we also now recruitagency staff. So if you are a PO, PSO or an admin member of staff, full-time, part-time, temporary or agency employee working in rehabilitative services regardless of your employer, then Napo is the place for you.