National Probation Service

Bulletin

001/06 NPS PERFORMANCE REPORT 18
Performance Report 18 has been published containing information on the performance of the NPS for the fist half of 2005/06. The report shows a record level of performance with virtually all targets achieved. Enforcement 92% of relevant cases monitored between April and September 2005 were enforced within 10 days in accordance with National Standards. The NPS achieved the highest ever enforcement figure for a single month of 93% in July. Compliance Compliance measures those cases where there was no second unacceptable failure to comply (third for licences) and includes orders that have been allowed to continue by the court following breach action. At 81%, performance continues to edge towards the 85% target but progress has been slow. The need to find a fair and meaningful measure of compliance is high on the NPD agenda and compliance measurement for next year in terms of target definition is under review.

Issue 34

January 2006

CONTENTS
001/06 NPS Performance Report 18 002/06 NPS Email Addresses Change 003/06 Green Paper: Reducing Re-Offending 004/06 Custody Plus Implementation 005/06 NPS Area Office Relocation 006/06 Fax Number for Humberside Probation Area 007/06 Probation Boards’ Association Office Relocation 008/06 NOMS & YJB Approach 009/06 Juvenile Offenders Unit Name Change 010/06 Appointments 011/06 Events 012/06 NPD Diary 013/06 Issued Recently

There were 6,779 more completions than at the same stage in 2004-05, an increase of 38%.

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Offending Behaviour Programmes The number of completions of programmes between April and September 2005 is 7% above the profiled (expected) target. The 7,255 completions achieved so far represent an increase over the same period last year of 6%. Enhanced Community Punishment / Unpaid Work 24,540 completions have been achieved between April and September 2005, just 2% below the profiled target.

6,362 DTTOs and DRRs commenced between April and September 2005 meaning that 80% of the profiled target was met. This is against a target that increased by 23% since last year’s. There were approximately 1,500 (31%) more starts during April and September 2005 than during the same period last year. There were 1,735 completions of DTTOs and DRRs between April and September 2005, 87% of the profiled target. However, there were a record 325 completions in September alone which leaves an average of 377 per month until the end of the year for the target to be met.

Basic Skills 23,208 offenders commenced basic skills courses during the first half of 2005-06, 61% above the profiled target. There were over 9,000 more starts than at the same stage last year, an increase of 64%. 7,930 basic skills awards were delivered in during the first half of 2005-06, 76% above the profiled target and 4,544 more awards than during the first half of 2004-05, an increase of 134%. Sickness Absence There was no improvement in the average number of days lost due to sickness per employee in the first half of 2005-06 from the first quarter but at 11.8 days it represents half a day less than the 2004-05 average. Victims Performance on victims remained at the level achieved last year when 93% of victims were contacted within the 8-week standard. This exceeds the 85% target. Risk of harm cases The target is to complete 90% of risk of harm assessments, risk management plans and OASys sentence plans on high risk offenders within five working days of the commencement of the order or release into the community. This is a new performance target for the probation service and areas have required clarification and time in order to provide the data. This is the first time in 2005/06 when all 42 Probation Areas have submitted data, and where the achievement of the three criteria have been required in order to satisfy the target. We now have robust data to report on from August 2005 and this shows performance in England and Wales at 68%. Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPOs) The target is to complete 90% of risk of harm assessments and OASys sentence plans on Prolific and other Priority Offenders within five working days of commencement of the order or release into the community. There were similar issues with those of the high risk target but again we now have reliable data from

August 2005. Performance nationally is 66% but there is evidence of improvement between August and September. Court report timeliness The proportion of court reports completed during the first quarter of 2005-06 within the timescale set by the court was 98%. At the time of publication, the 2nd quarter data was not available due to late and poor quality returns from some areas. This information is derived from the monthly court reports extracts made to RDS. In future areas which do not send their data on time or whose data fails the validation checks will score zero on this target in the weighted scorecard. Accurate and timely ethnicity data 97% of data on offenders starting community orders was accurate and timely with respect to ethnicity, as was 95% of data on offenders starting supervision under licence, giving an average of 96% which means that the target was exceeded for the first time. FURTHER INFORMATION: For enquires relating about any issues relating to this report please contact: Email: Roger.McGarva2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk For enquires about the data please contact: Email: Paris.Mikkides@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

002/06 NPS EMAIL ADDRESSES CHANGE
As part of the upgrading of the NPS’s IT system the service has now been given gsi status (as opposed to the less secure classification of gsx). This took place during the latter part of 2005 and all e-mail addresses in the Probation Address book were automatically converted to include a .gsi suffix in place of .gsx. Since December 2005, the email system has temporarily been able to accept and deliver emails with either suffix .gsx or .gsi. On 6th March 2006, the email system will no longer recognise addresses which include gsx. All Probation

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staff should therefore take steps to inform their external and non-NPS contacts of the change in their e-mail address. This could be done by adding an e-mail change of address notice as part of your e-mail sign off. FURTHER INFORMATION: Can any comments or further information requests be sent to: Email: David.pick@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk •

include: piloting a new model for delivery – the ‘Offender Learner Campus’ – to develop new centres of excellence and better links with mainstream education and training. Promoting a new emphasis on skills and jobs for offenders across prisons and probation: Previous efforts to improve training and job opportunities for offenders have been hampered by a lack of continuity through the system, with some people ‘falling through the net’ on moving prison or on release. We will ensure that prison and probation services work together so that improving skills and helping more offenders get qualifications and jobs is seen by all as vital in reducing re-offending. New Regional Offender Managers, working with the Learning and Skills Council, will help match training to job openings. Motivating and engaging offenders, with the right balance of rights and responsibilities: We need to motivate more offenders to improve their skills and job prospects, and improve their chances of living free of crime. We will combine a range of incentives with other influences (such as sentencing powers), along with high quality training and other support to help more offenders into jobs. One proposal includes the testing of a new ‘employability contract’ to motivate offenders.

003/06 GREEN PAPER: REDUCING RE-OFFENDING
The Government has unveiled plans to help reduce reoffending through improving training and education to help offenders into jobs when they leave prison. The plans are outlined in a new Green Paper: Reducing Re-Offending through Skills and Employment, published jointly by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A consultation on the proposals also began on the 15th December 2005. The Green Paper proposals are focused on four main areas: • Focusing strongly on jobs, with employers driving the design and delivery of programmes: Training and qualifications should be meaningful to employers so they can, in turn, offer job opportunities. There will be new alliances with employers, targeting specific industrial sectors with labour shortages, support from Jobcentre Plus to help offenders get work and the development of mentoring and other support arrangements to help offenders get jobs and keep them. Ensuring training providers and colleges are better able to provide the skills offenders need to get a job: Education and training for offenders has improved in recent years, but more needs to be done to ensure consistently high quality across the country, both within prisons and in the community. Key proposals

The consultation began on 15th December 2005 and will finish towards the end of May 2006. A series of consultation events will be held around the country in 2006. FURTHER INFORMATION: Copies are also available from: TSO (The Stationery Office): PO Box 29, Norwich NR3 IGN. Tel: 0870 600 5522 Or order through the Parliamentary Hotline Tel: 0845 702 3474 Email: book.orders@tso.co.uk Or alternatively visit www.tso.co.uk/bookshop www.dfes.gov.uk/consultations/

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004/06 CUSTODY PLUS IMPLEMENTATION
Custody Plus is planned to be implemented in November 2006. On this timetable training for trainers is due to commence in May this year. It is proposed that training for PSR writers and offender management teams will be along similar lines to the arrangements for the first phase of Criminal Justice Act implementation last year, with ten regional train the trainer events prior to area roll-out. Custody Plus training will link with the briefing and training being planned to support Offender Management implementation. Discussions are underway with the Judicial Studies Board about opportunities for probation input to sentencer training on Custody Plus. FURTHER INFORMATION: More detailed information about implementation, training etc will be communicated as soon as it is available. Email: cja.sip@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

006/06 FAX NUMBER FOR HUMBERSIDE PROBATION AREA SCUNTHORPE
Please note that the number below is the correct fax number for Humberside Area in Park Square Scunthorpe. Fax: 01724 289 343

007/06 PROBATION BOARDS’ ASSOCIATION OFFICE RELOCATION
The Probation Boards Association has moved from Vigilant House to: 83 Victoria Street London SW1H 0HW Tel: 020 3008 7930 Fax: 020 3008 7931

005/06 NPS AREA OFFICE RELOCATION
Please note that the Avon & Somerset Probation Headquarters have moved from Brunel House to: Queens House The Hedges St Georges Weston-Super-Mare North Somerset BS22 7BB Tel: 01934 528 740 Fax: 01934 528 797

008/06 NOMS & YJB APPROACH TO COMMUNITIES AND CIVIL RENEWAL
At the Reducing Re-offending Alliances Conference in London in November 2005 Baroness Scotland launched the Alliances - the Corporate, Civic Society and the Faith/Voluntary Sector - which outline how NOMS will work in partnership with employers, civil communities and the voluntary and faith sector to help offenders into employment and integrate into their community. Also launched at the conference was the NOMS and YJB Approach to Communities and Civil Renewal, which is part of the Government’s ‘Together We Can’ Action Plan. Informed by a formal consultation earlier in the year, it aims to encourage and promote an approach to offender management that brings communities focus into regional reducing re-offending action plans and local plans. It highlights many good practice examples of community engagement that already exist in the work of

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NOMS, probation, prisons, YJB and its partners. One of its key priority areas is unpaid and reparative work where local communities are being encouraged to have a greater say in the type of work undertaken by offenders serving community sentences through ‘Community Payback’, which was also launched nationally at the conference. FURTHER INFORMATION: A copy of the NOMS and YJB Approach to Communities and Civil Renewal and further information on the Alliances are available on: www.noms.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-publications/

Probation Service covering Greater Manchester. Chris has taken up the new post of Director of Interventions and Roz the Director of Offender Management.

011/06 EVENTS
PS Plus 2, the Resettlement Project operating in 39 Prison Service establishments across England is hosting a major resettlement conference. The conference is aimed at policy makers and managers in the criminal justice, employment, education and training sectors. The aim of the conference is to draw out the lessons for resettlement best practice as we enter an era of contestability. There will also be a comprehensive range of workshops. FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: Central Hall, Westminster Date: 22nd February For further information or to request a booking form please contact: Email: psplus2@caldercon.co.uk Tel: 0870 382 8028 Neil Stewart Associates in association with the National Audit Office is holding an ‘Alternatives to Custody’ Conference. The conference will examine a range of community punishments, discuss how practitioners can overcome barriers to their effective use, and showcase new initiatives and best practice examples that could deliver a reduction in re-offending. FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: Hotel Russell, London Date: 7th March Email: info@neilstewartassociates.co.uk Tel: 020 7324 4330 The NPS takes no responsibility for the content or possible cost of external conferences.

009/06 JUVENILE OFFENDERS UNIT NAME CHANGE
With effect from Monday 9th January the Home Office Juvenile Offenders Unit (JOU) is changing its name to YOUTH JUSTICE AND CHILDREN UNIT (YJCU). This name more accurately reflects the Unit’s responsibilities following the incorporation of youth crime prevention work and children’s issues into its remit. From the same date we will be based on the second floor of Fry Building at 2 Marsham Street. Telephone numbers remain the same. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: emma.ross@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Tel: 020 7035 0605

010/06 APPOINTMENTS
Kath Morris, currently Assistant Chief Officer in South Yorkshire, has been appointed Regional Manager for Yorkshire and Humberside. Meg Blumsom currently Head of Community Reintegration in NPD has been appointed Regional Manager for the South West, commencing 1st March 2006. Former Deputy Chief Officers Chris Noah and Roz Hamilton have been appointed to help lead the National

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012/06 NPD DIARY
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Directing Safely Course for Chief Officers, Marriott County Hall, London Health & Safety Briefings, Marriott County Hall, London Staff Training for East of England Probation Areas, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Staff Training for East of England Probation Areas, Cramphorn Theatre, Essex NOMS IT Roadshow Event NOMS IT/IS Conference, Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel, Manchester SW/London Chief Officers Regional Challenge/Dialogue, One Great George Street, London VM/Wales Chief Officers Regional Challenge/Dialogue, The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham Staff Training for London Probation Area, 2MS, London NOMS IT Roadshow Event NOMS IT/IS Conference, Leeds Marriott Hotel, Leeds Staff Training for East Midlands Probation Areas, Nottinghamshire Probation HQ PS Plus 2 Resettlement Conference, Central Hall, Westminster, London NOMS IT Roadshow Event NOMS IT/IS Conference, Nottingham, venue tbc NOMS IT Roadshow Event NOMS IT/IS Conference, Cardiff, venue tbc

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MAPPA National Business Plan 2005/08 E-OASys PSR (SDR) Templates Role Boundary Issues in the NPS Case Transfer Protocol between Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) and Probation Areas Launch of New Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme (i-SOTP) The Probation Service Value for Money (VFM) in Boards Releasing Resources for Front Line Services Developments in Unpaid Work: January 2006

Probation Circulars 2006: PC01 PC02 List of Probation Circulars Issued in 2005 Business Planning 2006 - 07

Other Publications: NPS Performance Report 18 NPS Annual Report 2004-05 HM Government National Community Safety Plan 200609 HMIP/HMIC Joint Inspection – Managing Sex Offenders in the Community HMIP Thematic Inspection Report ‘Realising the Potential’: A Short Focused Inspection on OASys Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Drug Misuse Declared: Finding from the 2004/05 British Crime Survey Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Criminal Statistics 2004 YOT/HMIP Joint Inspection of Youth Offending Teams Annual Report 2004/2005 CJS in Brief Issue 7

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013/06 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2005: PC87 Recording Information on Individuals Who Present a Risk to Children

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