NAPA was founded in its original form in 1942, and was a long standing national voluntary organisation that eventually became a Community Interest Company in 2019. For many years it was known as NAPBH, the National Association of Probation and Bail Hostels. We have always had a special role as an advocate for the independently managed Approved Premises, which currently provide around 10% of the
Approved Premises estate.
NAPA Aims To:
Deliver a range of services and functions that support and assist the work of our associate IAPs by contributing to the achievement of best practice, consistency and high-quality service delivery across the whole of the sector.
We particularly seek to:
Influence - policy and practice; to achieve both the best use of independent Approved Premises and the highest standards of practice in the work they undertake.
Work in Positive Partnership - with independently managed approved premises, managing bodies, the Ministry of Justice, The Probation Service, HMPPS and other relevant agencies.
Represent - employer perspectives relating to the provision of independent Approved Premises and the staff that work in them.
Disseminate - information on practice, policy developments and opportunities.
Promote - understanding of the work of IAPs; the development of quality standards; appropriate levels of resourcing; and best use of all IAPs.
Contribute to - the identification of training and staff development needs; the provision of training; the development of policy and the sharing of good practice.
With these aims in mind, our Strategic Director, Andrew Bridges, wrote an 'opinion piece' in December 2023, entitled 'What should the independence of IAPs look like?' The pdf is here:
The work of NAPA is overseen by an Executive Committee drawn from senior managers and trustees of associate IAPs, and managed by its Strategic Director
Jill Dilks, Chair, Director
Tony Rolley,Vice Chair, Director
Ken Starnes, Treasurer, Director
Louise Cantley, Director
Ann Oxley, Member
Paul Addicott, Member
Paul Holt, Member
Andrew Bridges, Strategic Director
Caroline Morgan, Company Secretary
Further information about NAPA's operation as a CIC can be found here
You can contact us by e-mail: Andrew Bridges, Strategic Director
Or by post to: NAPA CIC
c/o Ripon House
63 Clarendon Road
You can also follow us on Twitter @napaCIC