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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in probation hostels in England and Wales; and how many were occupied by high risk offenders on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: As at 31 March 2005, 2,241 bedspaces were available in approved premises, formerly bail and probation hostels. Of those, 918 were occupied by offenders who are assessed as high or very high risk of harm to the public.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the national probation directorate is taking to improve the retention of probation staff in probation areas in England and Wales. 
Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 16 June 2005]: The National Probation Service (NPS) seeks at all times to retain the right profile of staff to deliver a high standard of service and to meet a stringent set of performance targets. The latest available figures for turnover of operational staff in the probation service in England and Wales are as follows:
These figures are based on leavers in 200405 financial year who have left the service as a whole. For the same period the turnover rate for non-operational staff was 13.55 percent. The annual average turnover rate based on these figures is 10.06 percent. This figure is significantly better than the national average for the public and private sectors.
As part of the service's strategy for building and maintaining an excellent, fit for purpose organisation, we are investing in our people by developing and supporting staff, building and refreshing their motivation and skills. This is being achieved in a number of ways including: designing and implementing new policies on pay, reward and conditions of service, work/life balance policies including flexible working; investment in leadership, management, training and development: and the development of a national workload measurement tool.
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These and other initiatives are designed, in part, to maintain a balanced workforce and make the NPS an employer of choice.
However a small number of staff will always leave an organisation because their circumstances change or because they want to develop a career elsewhere. For staff committed to a career in the probation service we hope that that the measures outlined above will provide rewarding working environment.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child protection matters have been referred to the local child protection team at each secure training centre; and what the outcome was of each referral. 
|Oakhill (opened August 2004)||||||(88)26||(88)12|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of pay are for (a) duty directors, (b) duty operation managers, (c) training supervisors, (d) training assistants, (e) control room staff, (f) nurses and (g) other staff at secure training centres. 
|Duty directors||£38,000 to £40,000||(94)|
|Duty operation managers||£26,000 to £30,000||(94)|
|Control room staff||£17,000||£17,139|
|Nurses In accordance with NHS pay scales||(94)|
|Other staff||Other staff fit on pay scale of|
£15,000 to £26,000
|Head of education||34,226|
|Residential care manager||28,135|
|Residential care team leader||19,831|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff at each secure training centre have been dismissed for misconduct in each of the last three years; and what reasons were given in each case. 
|Centre||Year/Period||Reason for dismissal|
|Medway||2003||One member of staff dismissed for unacceptable comments, gestures and making physical contact with a female colleague|
|2004||One member of staff dismissed for inappropriate comments, verbally abusive language, unacceptable comments of a sexual nature, refusal to comply with operational instruction|
|2004||One member of staff dismissed for sexual harassment|
|2004||One member of staff dismissed for falsifying records; not completing SASH (Suicide and Self Harm) watches or 15 minute watches|
|Rainsbrook||2003||One member of staff dismissed for falsifying records; not completing SASH watches or 15 minute watches|
|Oakhill||2005||One member of staff dismissed for inappropriate use of force|
|Hassockfield||2003||One member of staff dismissed for inappropriate behaviour|
|2004||One member of staff dismissed for inappropriate use of force|
|2004||One member of staff dismissed for failure to report an incident|
|2005||One member of staff dismissed for inappropriate use of force|
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of staff being referred to the Protection of Children Act (POCA) list have been recorded at each secure training centre since it came into operation; and how many referrals to the POCA list have resulted in names being included on the list. 
|Permanently included on list|
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