Interventions News

Issue 24 – July 2006

Introduction 24/01: NPD Interventions Unit Contact Details 24/02: Offender Employment 24/03: PS Plus 24/04: Revised Change Control Panel Arrangements 24/05: Cognitive Skills Booster Trainer/Treatment Managers Event 28-29 June 2006 24/06: Helpdesk for Offending Behaviour Programmes 24/07: Accredited Programmes Training Changes 26/08: Unpaid Work 24/09: O-DEAT 24/10: Prolific and other Priority Offenders 24/11: Substance Use Modules 24/12: Alcohol Strategy Implementation Events 24/13: Referring Offender Learners to LSC Led Provision Under OLASS

INTRODUCTION This issue of Interventions News covers a range of innovative work designed to support probation’s aim of protecting the public, reducing re-offending and punishing offenders. Good outcomes depend on high quality offender management as well as high quality interventions and we hope that this issue will be of interest to all probation staff wherever they work. Sarah Mann Head of NPD Interventions Unit

24/01: NPD INTERVENTIONS UNIT CONTACT DETAILS Just to remind you that our new address is: National Probation Directorate Interventions Unit st 1 Floor Abell House John Islip Street London, SW1P 4LH Herewith our up-to-date telephone list: Head of Interventions Sarah Mann Personal Secretary Julie Taylor

020-7217 8432 020-7217 8546 fax 020-7217 8496

Programme Implementation Manager Phil McNerney 020-7217 0674 Programme Implementation Manager Diane Anderson 020-7217 8895 Programme Implementation Manager Jonathan Martin 020-7217 8081 Head of Psychology & Evaluation Liz Bird 020-7217 8418 Principal Psychologist Joanne Day 020-7217 8999 Senior Psychologist Karl Williams 020-7217 8991 Psychological Assistant Sinead Bloomfield 020-7217 8813 Psychological Assistant Vacancy 020-7217 0676 Senior Research Officer Victoria Dawson Wheeler 020-7217 8815 National Training Manager Tudor Williams 020-7217 8068 Training Development Advisor Eileen Davis 020-7217 8211 Training Development Advisor Alex Law 020-7217 8211 Training Development Advisor Emma Myatt 020-7217 8211 Training Development Advisor Karen Townend 020-7217 8211 Executive Officer Lesley Smith 020-7217 8336 Executive Officer Ruth Taylor 020-7217 1779 Administrative Officer Ali Moghal 020-7217 0679 Team Personal Secretary Delroy Blake 020-7217 0677 Business Support & Communications Manager John MacGregor 020-7217 8520 fax 020-7217 0693

Offending Behaviour Programmes Team Head of Offending Behaviour Programmes Danny Clark 020-7217 0675 Programme Implementation Manager Phil Mackin 020-7217 8044


Community Reintegration Team Head of Community Reintegration Jill Shaw 020-7217 0673 Personal Secretary Julie Taylor 020-7217 8546 Skills for Life Policy Manager Roger Stevens 020-7217 8283 Employment Policy Manager Ian Henshaw 020-7217 0682 Unpaid Work Policy Manager Janet Power 020-7217 8877 Policy Advisor Marcus Smart 020-7217 0766 Team Support Olubusola Shokan 020-7217 8448 Team Support Mark Chidwick 020-7217 0681 Team Personal Secretary Alison Graham 020-7217 0686 fax 020-7217 0693 Intensive Interventions Team Head of Intensive Interventions Claire Wiggins 020-7217 8646 Personal Secretary Julie Taylor 020-7217 8546 Policy Development Manager Robin Brennan 020-7217 0916 Drugs & Alcohol Implementation Manager Fiona Bauermeister 020-7217 0768 Drugs & Alcohol Policy Developer Robert Stanbury 020-7217 0767 Drugs & Alcohol Policy Advisor Richard Lockwood 020-7217 8003 Policy Development Officer Corinna Griggs 020-7217 0760 Team Support Liam Carolan 020-7217 0685

Team Personal Secretary Alison Graham

020-7217 0686 fax 020-7217 0693

Sex Offender Programmes (from 1 September 2006, Interventions Unit will be taking over the management of sex offender programmes)

Programme Manager Elizabeth Hayes 020 7217 8401

24/02: OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT Getting offenders into work and keeping them in work can make a significant reduction to reoffending rates. The past few months have been a very active period for developments in offender employment and these issues have been covered in detail in NPS Briefing 34. This provides information on the 2006/7 employment target, the PS Plus programme in NPS Areas (see also article 24/03 below), the evaluation of the Employment Pathfinder and developments in the related pathway of Finance, Benefits and Debt. The briefing can be accessed from the NPS Intranet (EPIC) via link: ibrary/Briefings/nps_briefing_34.pdf FURTHER INFORMATION: Ian Henshaw, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 0682



24/03: PS PLUS Probation Areas secure £8 million for Employment Work 15 Probation Areas have been successful in securing £8 million for European Social Fund (ESF) support for work aimed at improving the employability of offenders and help in accessing the labour market. PS+3, a partnership between the Prison and Probation Services, will allow Areas to develop a focussed approach to addressing offenders’ identified needs in relation to employment and will address key issues including: • • • • • • Assessment of need Disclosure CV preparation Job search Housing Financial literacy

Evidence from Pathfinder Areas has demonstrated that Workwise can be an effective intervention in addressing offenders’ employment needs. A link manager will shortly be appointed within the NPD Community Re-integration Team to support Areas and act as liaison between PS+ and Areas. FURTHER INFORMATION: Ian Henshaw/ Marcus Smart, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 0682 (Ian)/020 7217 0766 (Marcus)

24/04: REVISED CHANGE CONTROL PROCEDURES FOR PROGRAMMES We are currently reviewing the change control procedures and are exploring how we can involve the regional EPTMs in this process. However to make sure we can progress matters this year we will have to use existing practices. I will be writing to the relevant Interventions ACOs to ask them to collate the appropriate information from their Area and to forward that to me by the end of August. It will be very helpful if facilitators can start this process now by informing their Treatment and Programme Managers of items of good practice and any concerns encountered within the programmes they are involved in. The panel will sit in October and the outcome of the procedures will be circulated by the end of the year. This exercise is an excellent opportunity for practioners to feed back to programme designers and implementation staff their opinion of all aspects of current programmes. Please have your say as it is important that programmes are

In addition, a beneficiary Access Fund has been established to help respond to individual needs, providing support for items such as childcare, course fees, small items for work, tools and equipment and other related items as required. Areas will also be able to deliver the (nonaccredited) Workwise employment programme that was developed and tested by Areas delivering the ‘Employment Pathfinder’. Workwise aims to address offenders’ needs in relation to employment: • • • • • • Foundations for work Problem solving and work Dealing with others Working with others to achieve goals Personal development Problem recognition


adapted where necessary to ensure they maintain their relevance and responstivity. FURTHER INFORMATION: Phil Mackin, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8044

Trainers and Treatment Managers split up to discuss their respective experiences from prison and probation settings and again suggestions were made as to how elements of both key tasks could be considered in order to eliminate some of the concerns identified. Bruce and I concluded the event with an overview of the current position of the cognitive skills programme and of how we would endeavour to put into practice the suggestions made over the two days. This event was also the last one that Bruce would be involved in as he leaves his current position at the end of July to commence a new post. Bruce is a very good champion and supporter of the cognitive skills booster programme and has played a significant role in its development and expansion; his expertise will be greatly missed to the programme It was agreed that I would collate all the handouts and prepare a more detailed account of the issues that I intend to take forward and these will be made available shortly either by contacting me direct or via the Programmes Helpdesk. FURTHER INFORMATION : Phil Mackin, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8044

24/05: COGNITIVE SKILLS BOOSTER TRAINER/TREATMENT MANAGER EVENT 28-29 JUNE 2006 I was pleased to co-chair this event alongside Bruce Cunningham, South East EPTM with responsibility for the cognitive skills booster programme. The event started on the afternoon of the 28 June with a group of national trainers from both prisons and probation outlining their experiences of training and suggestions of how the current system could be improved. Danny Clark started the next (full) day of the conference with a very positive presentation outlining the research that demonstrated the effectiveness of the cognitive skills booster and that of all the programmes that we deliver the cognitive skills programme is unique as it offers the participants the opportunity of practising real life issues within the challenging exercises. Two workshops were successfully facilitated by Mari Bell and Stephen Bradley with the theme of responsivity and how that can be in incorporated into the video monitoring process. Following lunch, Linda Blud continued the theme of responsivity with a very dynamic presentation challenging those of us involved in this programme to constantly review our practice and to keep up to date with the current thinking and research in both this programme and others. Linda also mentioned the Tony Ward “good lives” theory which is now being incorporated into sex offender programmes.

24/06: HELPDESK FOR OFFENDONG BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMMES QUERIES A helpdesk is available for queries about Offending Behaviour Programmes and can be contacted using email address:


A collection of frequently asked questions will also be produced and will be published twice yearly in Interventions News.

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. The Accreditation Panel will advise on the suitability of the core materials to Sex Offender facilitators in due course. A parallel model will be adopted for the development of accredited programme trainers, with a core skills training package and programme specific additions. Current tutors and trainers may continue to deliver programmes for which they have been trained. Staff currently delivering an accredited programme will be eligible to become trained in another programme using the new materials, as and when the materials become available. Current programmes trainers will need to familiarised with the core generic materials. A series of two day training events is being arranged regionally by Regional Training Consortia. These events will be underwritten by NPD and will take place during September and October 2006. A provisional timetable is with regional training consortia. On successful completion of the two days, trainers will be eligible to deliver the new core materials. Further information and programme specific familiarisation is being devised for trainers and will be rolled out following the core generic training. It is not anticipated that the programme specific modules for trainers will exceed one day in duration. When completed the new arrangements will enable Areas to train staff more easily and economically to deliver accredited programmes. The Prison Service and partner agencies delivering programmes under contract to probation Areas have been successfully involved in the pilots. FURTHER INFORMATION: Tudor Williams, NPD Interventions Unit

24/07: ACCREDITED PROGRAMMES TRAINING STREAMLINING 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. Programmes staff from the Prison and Probation services have jointly agreed a set of tutor competences, 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 also 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 in future 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. ETS, 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


Email: Tel: 020 7217 8068

24/08: UNPAID WORK This continues to be a busy time for Unpaid Work. Its popularity with both sentencers and Ministers continues to increase (12% up on last year), with more extensions of its use under discussion and the likelihood of more agencies delivering it to offenders. The last copy of Interventions News contained an article about the use of Unpaid Work in the Conditional Cautioning pilots these are due to start in September in six Probation Areas. Unpaid Work is also being piloted in several Areas for fines defaulters. Discussions are underway to trial the use of Unpaid Work with those who breach Family Court Orders or who default on Child Support payments. The extension of partnership pilots between Probation Areas and their local Resettlement Prisons is also under consideration. So too is the idea of more unemployed offenders being able to work their hours in full-time blocks; current discussions with NOMS and the Department of Work and Pensions are aiming to remove any barriers involving their entitlement to benefits. Opening up the delivery of interventions to agencies other than the Probation Service continues to be a priority for Ministers as the drive towards a mixed economy in public service delivery continues. Some Areas are planning to consider this as part of their required 5% spend on external partnerships. There may be real opportunities here for both staff and offenders in imaginative service delivery developments. Quality service delivery will remain essential in all future developments for Unpaid Work. The recent HMIP thematic inspection on ECP reported a lot of excellent practice at the front line of Unpaid

Work delivery although it also highlighted shortcomings in risk assessment and management and in Areas’ capacity to deliver consistent work to offenders. The recent PC20/06 gave Areas advice and guidance about assessing and managing the risk posed by Unpaid Work offenders. All Areas are also now required to report regularly to NPD about the use of standdowns or send-homes and there has already been a national reduction. The revised Unpaid Work Manual is nearing completion and will be published in the Autumn for use by both Probation Areas and any other agency delivering Unpaid Work. It aims to be a shorter, simplified, up-dated, user-friendly Manual which incorporates the best principles of quality delivery from ECP. There has been wide consultation on the draft with both Areas and NPD staff. Areas are also continuing to implement the offender management model and the offender management/interventions split is being developed in a number of different ways throughout the country. The recent Living Leadership Conference for Middle Managers in Northampton included an Unpaid Work workshop in which many of these themes were discussed by a lively and committed group of staff who will be leading Unpaid Work into what is bound to be an exciting future. Although I am taking early retirement at the end of August, an announcement about my successor will be made shortly. FURTHER INFORMATION: Janet Power, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8877


24/09: O-DEAT There have been recent staff changes to the OASys - Data, Evaluation and Analysis Team (ODEAT). Three new staff members joined the team in February 2006. Mia Debidin replaced Natasha Garnham as the head. Dexa Kanbi and Wendy Smith-Yau filled two vacancies for research officers. Michelle Burns (senior research officer) left the team in early June. Philip Howard and Robin Moore remain as two senior research officers. Assessing the validity and reliability of OASys, particularly its ability to predict reconviction, has been a key research focus within O-DEAT. Analysis of OASys assessments found that drug misuse, criminal history and lifestyle and associates were among the strongest predictors of reconviction. The analysis also suggested that the predictive ability of OASys might be improved by amending and re-weighting questions and incorporating OGRS scores. A full report of the OASys evaluation is available on the NOMS website and a summary of the findings was published in June as Home Office Research Findings 278: The Offender Assessment System: An evaluation of the second pilot. Future reconviction projects within O-DEAT will focus on revising the scoring system and developing prediction of the likelihood of violent offending and non-violent offending separately, and on exploring the relationship between reconviction and the selfassessment questionnaire (SAQ). O-DEAT is undertaking further research on the inter-rater reliability (IRR) of OASys. The IRR study aims to measure the levels of consistency between different OASys users by comparing their assessments of the same offenders. It will examine important offender variations such as age, gender, ethnicity, criminal history, likelihood of reconviction and risk of harm. Assessors’ details such as grade and OASys experience will

be collected to help explore the reasons behind any differences in scores. This research is set to begin in July 2006. Raising the quality of OASys completion is also a key focus for O-DEAT, particularly following the successful implementation of OASys across both the prison and probation services and after having achieved full connectivity. The quality management plan published last year is being reviewed in order to summarise lessons learned and to establish a clear system of quality control and improvement. A regular report on quality of data completion is under development to look at the standard of completion rates of individual items within the assessment framework. This report will be available in July 2006. O-DEAT continues to provide management information to policy colleagues, individual probation areas and prison establishments. The O-DEAT database now holds one million assessments from both the probation and prison services. Offender profiles are routinely produced. We have recently produced data for the ROMS comparing the levels of different types of criminogenic needs amongst offenders to the content of sentence plans and the completion of interventions in 2005-06, to provide an analysis of the gaps in provision. A National Reporting Project is currently being piloted to assist probation areas and regions produce their own specific management information reports. Results of the pilot phase will be evaluated in September 2006. National rollout is scheduled for October 2006. Finally, O-DEAT is forging closer links with the youth justice risk/needs assessment tool Asset. Currently, there are no connections between Asset and OASys. Recent O-DEAT research has demonstrated that there is a sufficient level of concordance between the total scores, section scores, and individual items within Asset and



OASys (Moore, 2006). The findings (The compatibility of Asset and OASys: How do the risk/needs assessment systems for young and adult offenders compare?) will be published as a development and practice report later this year. Future Asset-OASys projects will focus on how and when Asset information should be viewed by OASys assessors and also explore the technological capabilities such as the role of secure email and the potential for creating an interface between the Youth Offending Team management systems and NOMIS. FURTHER INFORMATION: Mia Debidin, Head of O-DEAT Email: Tel: 020 7217 0699

and Rutland Area) and Paul Dawson (Senior Research Officer for the PPO Project in the Home Office). The workshops were received well. Nine bids were received in total for the workshops at the PPO National Conference. The NPS Areas and topics for the workshops are as follows: 1. London Borough of Newham – MAPPOM and regular meetings. 2. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham – Multi agency review panel. 3. West Mercia – Relationship with the Youth Support Services. 4. Staffordshire – Research and recommendations. 5. S.Wales – Research and recommendations. 6. Lincolnshire – Issues with managing PPO’s in a rural, low intensity DIP area. 7. Leicestershire & Rutland – Badging, funding, interventions and LOMPs (local offender management panels). 8. Middlesbrough – Identification and relationship with PSA1. We still hope to run a conference in conjunction with the Home Office PPO Policy Team. We are also planning to resource a series of regional workshops during the course of the year which will aim to share good practice. PPO DVD West Midland Police launched a DVD ‘ your journey your choice ’ on the 27 June 2006. They believe the implementation of the PPO strategy is making a substantial contribution to crime reduction and wish to demonstrate how joined up multi-disciplinary working can contribute to the Government’s vision of safer and stronger communities. The DVD is to be used to inform and raise awareness of offenders, demonstrating how Community Safety Partnerships work together to manage offending behaviour, in addition to assisting as a training resource for agencies represented in the Local

24/10: PROLIFIC AND OTHER PRIORITY OFFENDERS In order to ensure that Areas provide a high-class premium service to this group, work is ongoing to spread good practice across the NPS by visiting various agencies involved with the PPO programme including NPS Areas, PPO schemes and Government Offices. A toolkit is being developed to help manage PPOs. The Home Office and EPIC websites are to be updated in the next quarter to link to the Crime Reduction mini PPO site as follows: PPO National Conference The PPO National Conference was put on hold in light of the NOMS Protecting the Public and Reducing Re-offending conference on 5-6 July. Instead Robin Brennan (NPD Interventions Unit) held workshops on both days with Tim Scotson (Strategic Manager for PPOs in Leicestershire


Criminal Justice Board and the Community Safety Partnership. For further information and copies of the DVD: Sergeant Kevin Borg, Offender Management Unit, West Midlands Police Email: Tel: 0121 626 5088 J-Track We are working on plans to get J-Track lists sent regularly to NPS Areas through NPS Information Managers. Further information is due to be released shortly in the form of a Probation Circular. What Works The interim evaluation of the PPO programme reported a 10% drop in recorded offending reflected in convictions. Some NPS Areas (Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and Staffordshire) are reporting significantly higher percentage reductions. A full evaluation is due to be published by NOMS RDS in autumn. If you are conducting research locally we are keen to hear about it. For further information please feel free to contact us to request copies of: Home Office, development and practice report no 46; early findings from the Prolific and other Priority Offenders Evaluation. Drug Testing The majority of Areas have now confirmed that they have drug testing in place for PPO’s on licence who have committed a trigger offence (see PC34/05 for details). Moreover, most have treatment in place for those who test positive. Two Areas have yet to make returns, and one Area has yet to begin any testing. The full

implementation summary will be published in the next edition of Interventions News. While it is a minority of Areas which use these, we have sought to extend both national contracts for the next six months. We envisage that there will continue to be a national framework arrangement for Areas wishing to use it though this may be provided through co-operation with other parts of the Home Office. PSR quality We are planning to review a set of PPO PSR’s, seeking to establish whether not ‘naming’ PPO’s as such in reports makes a difference to the outcome. SPO’s from Norfolk, Humberside, Northants, Suffolk, Gwent and Northumbria have offered to take part in the exercise this month, while West Yorkshire, Humberside, Norfolk and Gwent have offered to supply reports. PPO National Reference Group Each Region has put forward representative for this group, which has the main aim of sharing good practice. The membership is: Tina Ridge – Dorset Area Deirdre Bryant – Lewisham DIP Jan Chaplin – South Wales Area Jim Atkins – Staffordshire Area John Crawley – Merseyside Area Mark Boother – HMIP Shelagh Wray – Derbyshire Area Alan Davies – Gwent Area Alex Bamber – Essex Area Andrea Saunders – Sussex Area Hutchinson Andy – Dorset Area Barbara Bate – Manchester Area Darian Mitchell – London Area Hana Knotek – Northumbria Area Ian Houghton – Manchester Area Jim Cowley – Nottinghamshire Area


John Davidson – Cheshire Area Julia Sharp – Suffolk Area Stuart McPhillips – North East Regional Manager Mike Ruffles – Devon and Cornwall Area Neil Appleby – West Midlands Area Peter Wright – Humberside Area Peter Pettit – PPO Policy Team FURTHER INFORMATION : Corinna Griggs, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 0760 Robin Brennan, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 0916

method of delivery and relevant guidance is hoped to be gained from the evaluation results. Relapse Prevention Module (RP) This has similarly been designed, staff trained and about to go live in three pilot areas – North Wales, Leicestershire & Rutland and London. The process will be similar to that for LIAM; however the time frames are less clear cut as the numbers and throughput are dependent upon substance misuse accredited programme completions. A specific date for review is therefore not able to be clearly established. This module is of 10 session duration, consisting of 5 areas of recapped work from substance misuse accredited programmes and application to current situations through skill development sessions. Again it is planned to be delivered both in groups and to individuals throughout the pilot of the modules. FURTHER INFORMATION : Diane Anderson, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8895 Victoria Dawson-Wheeler, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8815

24/11: SUBSTANCE USE MODULES Low Intensity Alcohol Module (LIAM) The initial design stage for this module is now complete, relevant staff trained, and it is being delivered in four pilot areas – North Wales, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire and London. It is hoped to review and commence evaluation of delivery with a view to making required amendments by the end of this calendar year. Thereafter the amended version will be delivered, a final evaluation take place, then issued nationally to probation Areas as a consistent national resource to be utilised with alcohol misusing offenders. At present this module is envisaged as being predominantly delivered as an Activity Requirement. The prospect of seeking accreditation is being explored as part of the pilot. Similarly, exploration of the different ways in which it might form part of a community sentence or licence provision will be undertaken. The module is of 12 session duration and being delivered both in groups and on an individual basis during the pilot stage. The most effective

24/12: ALCOHOL STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION EVENTS NPS Alcohol Strategy Implementation Events will take place on 12 October 2006 at the Menzies Waterside Hotel, Bath, and on 18 October 2006 at the Sheffield Marriott Hotel, Sheffield. These events will assist probation Areas in implementing recommendations contained in the recently launched Working with Alcohol Misusing


Offenders – a strategy for delivery and inform the next stage of activity at the centre in relation to key strategy commitments. The events are mainly aimed at probation managers and practitioners involved in managing or delivering interventions to alcohol misusing offenders but there will also be limited representation from a range of other key stakeholders e.g. Alcohol Concern, NTA . Further details will be available shortly on EPIC. Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM) Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM) was published on 29 June. MoCAM provides best practice guidance on a framework for commissioning and providing interventions and treatment for adults affected by alcohol misuse. It describes a four tier system of stepped care for alcohol misusers. MoCAM will be followed later this year by a Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems and Alcohol treatment pathways: guidance for developing local integrated care pathways for alcohol. These documents all form part of the Department of Health’s Programme of Improvement for Alcohol Misuse, which also includes the previously published Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project (ANARP) and Alcohol Misuse Interventions: Guidance on developing a local programme of improvement. MoCAM is available on EPIC or via the Department of Health website at: blications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/Publica tionsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_I D=4136806&chk=iA9Ogu

FURTHER INFORMATION : Robert Stanbury, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 0767 24/13: REFERRING OFFENDER LEARNERS TO LSC LED PROVISION UNDER OLASS The Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) will be introduced to the six remaining regions in England (East and West Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and Humberside, South East and London) on 31 July 2006. The new service will integrate learning and skills provision for offenders in custody and in the community with all offender learning and skills provision planned and funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). However, the LSC’s contractors will only be able to achieve suitable outcomes if NPS areas continue to encourage participation by referring learners to LSC funded learning and skills provision. From 31 July 2006 all NPS areas in England will therefore be responsible for referring Offender Learners to LSC led provision and not ‘starting’ them as in the past (unless the NPS area is a sub-contractor and so delivering the provision themselves). Under OLASS responsibility for “starting” offenders in provision along with delivering the outcomes will be assumed by the LSC and its contractors. The NPS Skills for Life targets for 2006-07 have therefore been re-defined to account for this change in emphasis. The referrals target for 200607 has been set at 48,000 referrals and an Area breakdown was included with PC 06/2006 : Business Planning in 2006-07. (Please note that this breakdown is shown under the old heading of basic skills “starts”). Areas should also note that Skills for Life referrals are included on the weighted scorecard for 2006-07 (weighting = 5). There is, however, no NPD awards target for


2006-07 as responsibility for outcomes has passed to the LSC and its providers. In order to ensure that NPS areas have a secure audit trail for the numbers referred to LSC led provision Areas are strongly encouraged to ensure that they have robust procedures in place to monitor/evidence their involvement in the referrals process. Probation Circular 27/2006 provided a template for this (the Individual Referral Record – IRR) and Areas are encouraged to make use of this template (or a version of it tailored to meet local business needs). Welsh regions are adopting a separate strategy in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Director of Offender Management Services, Wales. Further guidance on referring offenders to LSC led provision and advice on NPD monthly/ quarterly reporting can be found in Probation Circular 27/2006. FURTHER INFORMATION : Roger Stevens, NPD Interventions Unit Email: Tel: 020 7217 8283

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