National Probation Service

From 2 May the National Probation Directorate will be based at a new address: 1st Floor Abell House John Islip Street London SW1P 4LH From 1pm, Friday 28 April NPD staff will not have access to email as the computers are being closed down. This building is very close to our current location and, from an area’s point of view; there should be no discernible disruption. Telephone numbers will remain the same and post will be redirected without any delay. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Issue 37 April 2006

037/06 Relocation of the National Probation Directorate 038/06 Review of the National Standards 039/06 National Probation Service Conference on PPOs 040/06 OASys National Reporting Project 041/06 Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Programme 042/06 Appointments 043/06 Events 044/06 NPD Diary 045/06 Issued Recently

The overall purpose of this review is to ensure that our performance framework for the management of risk of harm continues to improve. The review will be led by Ged Bates, (NPD Regional Manager for Wales) supported by Paris Mikkides who chairs the National Standards Reference Group. The Public Protection and Licensed Release Unit of NOMS and HM Inspectorate of Probation will also be providing advice. Staff within the NPS are invited to submit their own comments and suggestions to inform the review. What changes should be made to National Standards at this time in order to improve our risk assessment and risk management processes? We would be grateful for as much constructive feedback from as many practitioners and administrative staff about how national standards can be improved. We will look at anything that is submitted, but cannot guarantee to reply to every question that might be raised. Comprehensive briefing will accompany the



Following the publication of the NOMS 5 Year Strategy with its component emphasis on public protection, and in response to concerns arising from recent reviews of Serious Offences including independent investigations by HM Inspectorate of Probation, the Home Secretary has agreed that National Standards should be revised. Roger Hill has therefore commissioned a revision process that will report to him on proposed amendments by Friday 9th June 2006.

revised standards and we are likely to produce an accompanying FAQ document. • FURTHER INFORMATION: Your (concise) views need to be emailed by 19th May Email: Or alternatively visit

reliable reporting solution than the present MS Access based facilities To provide ROMs with a comprehensive view of all OASys management information covering all providers in their regions



We aim to pilot the system during June, July and August and to evaluate the results of the pilot phase in September. National rollout could start in October subject to a successful pilot evaluation and installation of additional hardware sufficient to handle a full national reporting workload. The project will report to the newly established OASys Business Board (chaired by Chris Johnson), in order to provide appropriate project governance and ensure the project remains business led. The NOMS OIS project team is being assisted by Sungard (for development of standard reports) and Steria (for infrastructure provision). The technical solution will build on a proven Oracle database design as used by the O-DEAT team within my unit. The current HMPS and NPS O-DEAT data feeds will be enhanced to include all OASys data, including work-in-progress assessments. Any changes to any records in any of the NPS area databases (and the HMPS database) will be sent automatically each night to the central Oracle reporting database in order to keep this synchronised with the operational systems. The reporting system will be attached to the OMNI network but will be accessible from other networks such as Quantum and POISE. A multi-level pilot is planned for June, July and August. Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire Probation Areas will each pilot both the ad hoc reporting facilities and a number of standard area reports. The ROMs office for the East Midlands region will pilot on behalf of the ROMs and there will also be a NOMS level reporting pilot (to give a national view). There will be an opportunity to extend the set of standard reports after the pilot phase and all areas will be consulted about this towards the end of the pilot phase. Pilot aims will include: assessment of likely training needs; system capacity; robustness of automated daily

The NPS conference on PPOs is due to take place on the 6 July 2006 in Central London. This event is aimed at Chief Officers, Area leads on PPOs, and PPO team managers. The event will be largely workshop-based and will aim to:

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Spread good practice in PPO work Contribute themes and ideas to the proposed PPO Probation ‘toolkit’ Underpin the NPS contribution to the proposed amendments to the national PPO guidance.

Areas are invited to submit bids to run workshops at the conference. These should be practice-based, with a view to demonstrating how problems can be overcome, and should be as innovative and participatory as possible. It is likely that each workshop will be run two or three times during the day. Robin Brennan by 15 May. FURTHER INFORMATION: Please send a synopsis of your proposal by the 15 May Email:

Now that OASys connectivity has been rolled out to all 42 NPS areas, work on the OASys National Reporting Project has stepped up a gear. The project has two principal objectives: • To provide NPS areas with a more powerful and


data feeds; correctness (and usefulness) of the initial set of standard reports; non-OMNI network access by ROMs and NOMS HQ. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email:

Helen Edwards has been appointed the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service.

043/06 EVENTS
UK Voice in association with the CJS NO Witness, No Justice, are holding a conference, the beginning, the middle and the end: the criminal justice process and vulnerable victims and witnesses FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: University of Derby Date: 15th May 2006 Email: Tel: 01332 295 775 The Foundation for Public Service Interpreting will be holding its fifth national conference on ‘Interpreting in the Public Service’ FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: Goldsmith’s Livery Hall, London Date: 13th October 2006 Email: Tel: 020 7623 9191 The NPS takes no responsibility for the content or possible cost of external conferences.

A resource manual for the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) programme has now been issued. The SDVC programme is a co-ordinated community response to domestic abuse that combines both criminal justice and non-criminal justice interventions. It represents a multi-agency response to domestic abuse to create greater victim safety and bring perpetrators to account. The resource manual addresses each of the 11 core components that need to be considered when setting up a specialist court system, explaining in some detail how the components operate and interact with each other. From 1 April 2006 there will be at least one SDVC system in each region in England and Wales with 21 individual courts being supported. The programme will continue to roll-out during 2006/07 and is intended to have the potential to become a template for all domestic abuse strategies developed by local partnerships. The manual is available on the Home Office Crime Reduction website FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Email:

044/06 NPD DIARY
May 2nd Launch of new SFO Procedures Conference, Victoria Plaza Hotel, London Staff Training for London Probation Areas, 2MS, London National Workload Measurement Tool, Technical Briefings, venue tbc (London) HSE Stress Management Workshop, Birmingham, venue tbc National Workload Measurement Tool, ‘Train the Trainers’, 10am – 4pm, Civil Service Club, Chadwick Street, London,

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Children Reference Group, Horseferry House, London Offender Management Inspection, Cheshire Probation Area HQ and 4 other Probation offices across Cheshire Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for East of England Probation Areas, Abington Hall Conference Centre, Great Abington, Cambridge MAPPA Co-ordinators Conference, Thistle Hotel, Marble Arch, London Staff Training for South East Probation Areas, Surrey Probation Area HQ, Goldaming Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for North West of England & North Wales Probation Area, Renaissance Manchester. National Consortia Directors’ Forum, venue tbc Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for West Midlands Probation Areas, Jurys Inn Hotel, Birmingham HSE Stress Management Workshop, London, venue tbc Staff Training for South East Probation Areas, Surrey Probation Area HQ, Goldaming Staff Training for South East Probation Areas, Surrey Probation Area HQ, Goldaming Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for North East Probation Areas, Quality Hotel, Sunderland National Workload Measurement Tool, Technical Briefings, venue tbc (Sheffield) Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for York & Humberside Probation Areas, Metropole Hotel, Leeds Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for East Midlands Probation Area, Nottingham Park Inn, Nottingham Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for London Probation Area, Brown’s Courtrooms, Convent Garden, London




Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for South West & South Wales Probation Areas, Marriot City Centre, Bristol National Workload Measurement Tool, ‘Train the Trainers’, 10am – 4pm, Civil Service Club, Chadwick Street, London Custody Plus Train the Trainer event for South East Probation Areas, Branksome Conference Centre, Haslemere, Surrey

Probation Circulars 2006: PC12 Offenders' Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) – Offenders in the Community Commissioning Strategy 2006/07 Introduction of New H1 Monthly Statistical Form for Approved Premises Probation Area Annual Reports 2005-06 Guidance on the Implementation of Practice Recommendations Arising from an HMIP Independent Review of a Serious Offence Case, February 2006 NPS Offender Employment Target 2006/07

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Other Publications: HMIP Report on Hanson and White NPS Performance Report 19 A Five Year Strategy for Protecting the Public and Reducing Reoffending CJS in Brief Issue 8