National Probation Service

Issue 38 May – June 2006

The Bulletin has been improved for easier on-screen reading. Articles can now be read by either scrolling down the page or by clicking the article titles below: NPS Performance Report 20 Implementation Plans for Internet Sex Offender Treatment (i-SOTP) Accredited Programme – Training Changes HMP Bullwood Hall CJS Staff Survey Justice Awards National Conference on PPOs Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy: Supporting Guidance Guidance for Domestic Homicide Reviews NPS Area Office Relocation Events NPD Diary Issued Recently

046/06 NPS Performance Report 20 047/06 Implementation Plans for Internet Sex Offender Treatment (i-SOTP) 048/06 Accredited Programme – Training Changes 049/06 HMP Bullwood Hall 050/06 CJS Staff Survey 051/06 Justice Awards 052/06 National Conference on PPOs 053/06 Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy: Supporting Guidance 054/06 Guidance for Domestic Homicide Reviews 055/06 NPS Area Office Relocation 056/06 Events 057/06 NPD Diary 058/06 Issued Recently

National Probation Directorate
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Performance Report 20 has been published containing information on the performance of the NPS for the final quarter of 2005/06 and with the combined results for this whole year. Enforcement 91% of relevant cases were enforced within 10 days in accordance with National Standards. Monthly performance shows that over the course of the year 93% was achieved twice (in July and February) and has not dropped below the 90% target since January 2005. Compliance Disappointingly, performance over the course of the year remained at 81%, just 4% short of the target. However, in March alone 83% was achieved. Offending Behaviour Programmes There were 17,127 completions of offending behaviour programmes between during 2005-06. That is 14% above target and 1,172 (7%) more than were completed last year. Unpaid Work 51,026 completions have been achieved in 2005-06. completions than in 2004-05. That is 2% above the target and 12,553 (or 33%) more

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders / Drug Rehabilitation Requirements 14,001 DTTOs and DRRs commenced during 2005-06 meaning that 88% of the target was met. This is against a target that increased by 23% since last year’s. There were 3,679 (36%) more starts in 2005-06 than in the previous year. There were 3,977 completions of DTTOs and DRRs in 2005-06, just 23 (1%) short of the target. Basic Skills 44,972 offenders commenced basic skills courses during 2005-06, 12% above the target. There were 10,773 more starts than last year, an increase of 32%. 14,930 basic skills awards were delivered in 2005-06, 49% above the target and a 58% increase on the number of awards achieved in the previous year. Sickness Absence There were 12.3 days on average lost due to sickness per employee in 2005-06 – the same as in 2004-05.


Victims Performance on victims remained at the level achieved last year when 93% of victims were contacted within the 8week standard. This exceeds the 85% target. High / Very High Risk of harm cases The target is to complete 90% of risk of harm analyses, 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. Between the beginning of monitoring in August 2005 and March 2006, 81% of cases met the target. Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPOs) The target is to complete 90% of risk of harm screenings / full analyses (as appropriate) and OASys sentence plans on Prolific and other Priority Offenders within five working days of commencement of the order or release into the community. 82% of cases between August 2005 and March 2006 have met the target. Court report timeliness Concerns over the data quality of returns in the first quarter of the year mean that the first quarter has been omitted from the analysis of the results. The proportion of court reports completed between July 2005 and March 2006 within the timescale set by the court was 97%. Accurate and timely ethnicity data 96% of data on offenders starting community orders was accurate and timely with respect to ethnicity, as was 94% of data on offenders starting supervision under licence. In addition, 99% of staffing records were returned on time with a valid ethnicity code, giving an overall average of 97% against a target of 95%. FURTHER INFORMATION: For enquiries about any issues relating to this report please contact: Email: For enquires about the data please contact: Email:

A Probation Circular (PC18/2006) has been issued in regards to implementation plans for internet sex offender treatment programme (i-SOTP). The i-SOTP was approved for national implementation by the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel in December 2005. A national Implementation seminar was held on 10th February 2006 which alerted staff to the requirement for an Implementation Plan. Areas will need to identify the expected number of offenders, the format in which the programme will be run, the staff training needs and other programme requirements. Encouragement is given to Areas to collaborate to produce a Regional Plan for implementation wherever possible. This will be particularly useful in


identifying staff who can be trained as future Regional Trainers for the i-SOTP to support the longer term implementation of this programme FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Email:

Major changes are to be brought into effect in the training of trainers and facilitators of accredited programmes. The current system demands separate training for each accredited programme which is to be delivered. This training has been based on manuals which assume delivery to staff with no core skills or previous knowledge of accredited programmes theory. With an increasing number of facilitators needing to become competent in a number of programmes, the training is often seen as repetitive and over long. A core skills training manual is being piloted which will enable staff to be trained in theory and in the basic skills required of facilitators, and a range of programme specific materials are being developed which will enable facilitators to learn about particular programmes and apply their skills to the delivery of those programmes. The core skills modules (5 days training) will need to be undertaken only once, and, on successful completion, the candidate will be eligible to receive programme specific training, as required. It is intended that the new system be introduced for general Offending Behaviour Programmes in the first instance. E.T.S. Think First and One To One materials have been developed and piloted successfully in this regard. Additional programme specific materials will be developed during this financial year with the intention of a complete changeover of systems in 2007/8. In the interim period it is anticipated that the pool of facilitators necessary to sustain delivery will continue to be sustained as at present. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Tel: 0207 217 8068

HMP Bullwood Hall in Essex is in the process of changing to a Category C Prison for male foreign national prisoners. The last of the women prisoners will leave Bullwood Hall on 9th June and the male prisoners will be arriving from 26th June. The implications for this for the offender management unit within the prison and for the seconded probation staff are being considered as the needs of the new population are assessed. FURTHER INFORMATION: A probation circular (PC24/2006) and new interim guidance on foreign national prisoners have recently been issued and posted the Epic intranet and the NPS website.


Staff across the CJS are being surveyed on the confidence they have in the Criminal Justice System and its reform programme as part of the fourth and final wave of the CJS Staff Confidence Survey. The National Criminal Justice Board has commissioned this survey, which has been running since 2004, to enable them to ascertain staff opinions and confidence across the CJS. Led by the OCJR Communications Unit, the survey’s fourth, and final, sweep will run from the beginning of June to mid-July and consists of a 15 minute telephone interview. So if you’re contacted by one of the fieldworkers from MORI, please give them your time, and know that your answers will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Questions range from how well you think your organisation serves the public to what you think about senior leadership and your views on other CJS agencies. The information will be used to give ministers a barometer of staff opinion across all agencies and provide interesting points for comparison – for example by location, gender and ethnicity as well as between agencies. OCJR will be working with each agency on their own results and to assess areas for improvement, such as communication practices. Final results of wave 4 will be published in the autumn along with trends across all four waves. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Tel: 020 7035 8723

Nominations for the 2006 Justice Awards now open. The Justice Awards website was launched on 2 May where you will be able to nominate an individual or team for this year’s awards, to be held in November. The awards were also officially launched at an event hosted by the Lord Chancellor and Attorney General on 4 May. Speaking at the event, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, said: “Please think about the projects and initiatives you know are making a real difference, visit our website, and make your nominations.” Now in their third year, the awards are organised by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform to recognise outstanding achievement by staff from a criminal justice agency or from a voluntary sector organisation working with victims, witnesses, defendants or offenders. Last year the NPS received a number of awards: • • Nottinghamshire Probation Area, part of a multi-agency team initiative to reduce drug-related acquisitive crime, was declared the overall winner for the Sherwood project. Dorset Probation Area’s community service team in Wareham won the Partnership of the Year Award for the work of offenders at the Bovington Tank Museum.


Anne Matthews, communications manager at Lancashire, was runner-up in the engaging communities category for her radio campaign to inform people about the new sentences in the Criminal Justice Act 2003

Look out for the Justice Awards bookmark in leading criminal justice publications. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: Tel: 0207 035 4961 For more information, and a nomination form, please visit

This conference is postponed owing to a clash with the NOMS two-day conference. Alternative arrangements are being sought which will be notified to you in due course. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email:

The first sections of guidance to support the NPS Interim Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy will be available on EPIC by the end of June. The first sections are: • • • • • Putting domestic abuse into context Behaviour and offences linked to domestic abuse Legislation and other developments in tackling domestic abuse Specialist Domestic Violence Court programme Victims

The guidance has been drawn up in conjunction with the NPS Domestic Abuse Reference Group. Work is underway to produce guidance on risk assessment, risk management and interventions in domestic abuse cases. The NPS Interim Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy was issued with PC54/2005. FURTHER INFORMATION: Can any comments and feedback on the guidance be sent to: Email:

The Home Office has issued a consultation paper that sets out proposals for the format that domestic homicide reviews should follow. Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 introduces a statutory basis for local bodies to establish domestic homicide reviews for victims of domestic abuse. The Act places a statutory duty on local bodies, including local probation boards, to have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State


when establishing or participating in domestic homicide reviews. The draft guidance contained in the consultation paper is based on that already in use for serious case reviews following the serious injury or death of a child where abuse or neglect is or is suspected to be a factor. It covers different aspects of the review methodology, identifying particular themes that need to be addressed by the agency which eventually takes on responsibility for conducting the review. The consultation paper has been sent to all probation areas and probation boards and is available on the crime reduction website the deadline for comments is 13 September 2006. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email:

Please note that the Thames Valley Probation Area offices located at Castle Street and Crown House in Reading have merged into one building. The new contact details for the Reading Probation Office are as follows: Reading Probation Office Greyfriars House 20-38 Greyfriars Road Reading RG1 1PE Tel: 0118 9560466 Fax: 0118 9551300 Please note that the following team have different phone and or fax numbers as follows: Victim Liaison Unit: Tel: 0118 955 1255 Fax: 0118 955 1304 IT Unit: Tel: 0118 955 1333 Offending Behaviour Programmes' Team: Tel: 0118 955 1222 Court Team: Fax: 0118 955 1305


056/06 EVENTS
The Parole Board is jointly hosting “The Role and Functions of the Parole Board: Perceptions of Fairness” conference with the Cambridge University based Centre for Public Law and the Institute of Criminology. The conference will bring together leading speakers from a wide variety of disciplines to explore and contribute to the debate around the changing role of the Parole Board. It will also explore key issues in predicting risk and decision making and will focus on the growing number of recalled prisoners and those subject to indeterminate sentences. The conference is aimed at practitioners and academics with an interest in the workings of the Parole Board, public lawyers, prison and probation officers, criminologists and others interested in decision-making, institutional change, public law and risk management. FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: Cambridge University Date: 15th – 16th September Email: Tel: 01223 330 042 The Foundation for Public Service Interpreting is holding its fifth national conference on ‘Interpreting in the Public Service’ in London. FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: Goldsmith’s Livery Hall, London Date: 13th October Cost: £110 or £95 for early bookers, second or third delegates from the same organisation £95 Email: Tel: 020 7623 9191 The NPS takes no responsibility for the content or possible cost of external conferences.

057/06 NPD DIARY
June 1st 2nd – 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 8th 22nd 22nd National Workload Measurement Tool, ‘Train the Trainers’, 10am – 4pm, Civil Service Club, Chadwick Street, London MAPPA SMB Lay Adviser Module two training, University of Birmingham Domestic Abuse Reference Group Meeting, 10am – 1pm, Cleland House, London North Leadership Meeting, 10am – 4:30pm, York Moat Hotel, North Street, South Leadership Meeting, 10am – 4:30pm, One Birdcage Walk, Westminster National Risk of Harm Conference, 10am – 4:15pm, Westminster Central Halls, London South West Enforcement Conference, 10am-4pm, Holiday Inn, Taunton Victims Network Meeting, 10:30am – 1pm, venue tbc South West MAPPA Benchmarking Event, Taunton, venue tbc


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McWilliams Memorial Lecture – Professor Tony Bottoms, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge ‘PBA AGM Conference and Annual Lecture’ Home Secretary & Lord Puttnam to attend, The Brewery, Chiswell Street London

July 4th 4th – 7th 5th – 6th 12th 14th 19th – 20th Children’s Reference Group Meeting, venue tbc National Living Leadership Middle Managers Conference, the Hilton Northampton NOMS Conference, venue tbc South West ‘Building the Future’ – a quality and performance workshop in unpaid work, venue tbc NPS Domestic Abuse Reference Group meeting, 10am – 1pm, Abell House, London National Consortia Directors’ Forum, venue tbc

Probation Circulars 2006: PC17 NOMS RDS Re-offending Report Shadow Measure 2006/07 PC18 Implementation Plans for Internet Sex Offender Treatment (i-SOTP) PC19 Implementation of Approved Premises Performance Improvement Standards PC20 Assessing and Managing Risk of Harm in Unpaid Work PC21 NPS Alcohol Delivery Strategy PC22 Implementation of the Risk of Harm Guidance and Training Resource Pack PC23 Approved Premises Grant Allocations for 2006 – 2007 PC24 Foreign National Prisoners PC25 Revitalising Health & Safety: Phase Three (Final Phase) PC26 Changes to Admission Policy for Approved Premises PC27 Skills for Life Performance Monitoring 2006/07 Other Publications: NPS Performance Report 20 HMI Probation Plan 2006 – 2007 Working with Alcohol Misusing Offenders – a strategy for delivery Keeping Our Children Safe – Approved Premises leaflet A Five Year Strategy for Protecting the Public and Reducing Reoffending CJS in Brief Issue 9

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