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Interventions News

Issue 24 – July 2006

Contents
Introduction 26/08: Unpaid Work
24/01: NPD Interventions Unit Contact Details 24/09: O-DEAT
24/02: Offender Employment 24/10: Prolific and other Priority
24/03: PS Plus Offenders
24/04: Revised Change Control Panel 24/11: Substance Use Modules
Arrangements 24/12: Alcohol Strategy Implementation
24/05: Cognitive Skills Booster Trainer/Treatment Events
Managers Event 28-29 June 2006 24/13: Referring Offender Learners to LSC
24/06: Helpdesk for Offending Behaviour Programmes Led Provision Under OLASS
24/07: Accredited Programmes Training Changes
INTRODUCTION Programme Implementation Manager
Phil McNerney 020-7217 0674
This issue of Interventions News covers a range Programme Implementation Manager
of innovative work designed to support probation’s Diane Anderson 020-7217 8895
aim of protecting the public, reducing re-offending Programme Implementation Manager
and punishing offenders. Jonathan Martin 020-7217 8081
Head of Psychology & Evaluation
Good outcomes depend on high quality offender Liz Bird 020-7217 8418
management as well as high quality interventions Principal Psychologist
and we hope that this issue will be of interest to all Joanne Day 020-7217 8999
probation staff wherever they work. Senior Psychologist
Karl Williams 020-7217 8991
Sarah Mann Psychological Assistant
Head of NPD Interventions Unit Sinead Bloomfield 020-7217 8813
Psychological Assistant
Vacancy 020-7217 0676
24/01: NPD INTERVENTIONS UNIT CONTACT Senior Research Officer
DETAILS Victoria Dawson Wheeler 020-7217 8815
National Training Manager
Just to remind you that our new address is: Tudor Williams 020-7217 8068
Training Development Advisor
National Probation Directorate Eileen Davis 020-7217 8211
Interventions Unit Training Development Advisor
st
1 Floor Alex Law 020-7217 8211
Abell House Training Development Advisor
John Islip Street Emma Myatt 020-7217 8211
London, SW1P 4LH Training Development Advisor
Karen Townend 020-7217 8211
Herewith our up-to-date telephone list: Executive Officer
Lesley Smith 020-7217 8336
Head of Interventions Executive Officer
Sarah Mann 020-7217 8432 Ruth Taylor 020-7217 1779
Personal Secretary Administrative Officer
Julie Taylor 020-7217 8546 Ali Moghal 020-7217 0679
Team Personal Secretary
fax 020-7217 8496 Delroy Blake 020-7217 0677

Business Support & Communications Manager


Offending Behaviour Programmes Team
John MacGregor 020-7217 8520

Head of Offending Behaviour Programmes


fax 020-7217 0693
Danny Clark 020-7217 0675
Programme Implementation Manager
Phil Mackin 020-7217 8044

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Community Reintegration Team Team Personal Secretary
Alison Graham 020-7217 0686
Head of Community Reintegration
Jill Shaw 020-7217 0673 fax 020-7217 0693
Personal Secretary
Julie Taylor 020-7217 8546
Skills for Life Policy Manager Sex Offender Programmes
Roger Stevens 020-7217 8283 (from 1 September 2006, Interventions Unit will be
Employment Policy Manager taking over the management of sex offender
Ian Henshaw 020-7217 0682 programmes)
Unpaid Work Policy Manager
Janet Power 020-7217 8877
Policy Advisor Programme Manager
Marcus Smart 020-7217 0766 Elizabeth Hayes 020 7217 8401
Team Support
Olubusola Shokan 020-7217 8448
24/02: OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT
Team Support
Mark Chidwick 020-7217 0681
Getting offenders into work and keeping them in
Team Personal Secretary
work can make a significant reduction to re-
Alison Graham 020-7217 0686
offending rates.

fax 020-7217 0693 The past few months have been a very active
period for developments in offender employment
Intensive Interventions Team and these issues have been covered in detail in
NPS Briefing 34. This provides information on the
Head of Intensive Interventions 2006/7 employment target, the PS Plus
Claire Wiggins 020-7217 8646 programme in NPS Areas (see also article 24/03
Personal Secretary below), the evaluation of the Employment
Julie Taylor 020-7217 8546 Pathfinder and developments in the related
Policy Development Manager pathway of Finance, Benefits and Debt.
Robin Brennan 020-7217 0916
Drugs & Alcohol Implementation Manager The briefing can be accessed from the NPS
Fiona Bauermeister 020-7217 0768 Intranet (EPIC) via link:
Drugs & Alcohol Policy Developer
Robert Stanbury 020-7217 0767 http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk/document_l
Drugs & Alcohol Policy Advisor ibrary/Briefings/nps_briefing_34.pdf
Richard Lockwood 020-7217 8003
Policy Development Officer FURTHER INFORMATION:
Corinna Griggs 020-7217 0760 Ian Henshaw, NPD Interventions Unit
Team Support Email: Ian.Henshaw@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Liam Carolan 020-7217 0685 Tel: 020 7217 0682

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24/03: PS PLUS Evidence from Pathfinder Areas has
demonstrated that Workwise can be an effective
Probation Areas secure £8 million for intervention in addressing offenders’ employment
Employment Work needs.

15 Probation Areas have been successful in A link manager will shortly be appointed within the
securing £8 million for European Social Fund NPD Community Re-integration Team to support
(ESF) support for work aimed at improving the Areas and act as liaison between PS+ and Areas.
employability of offenders and help in accessing
the labour market. FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ian Henshaw/ Marcus Smart, NPD Interventions
PS+3, a partnership between the Prison and Unit
Probation Services, will allow Areas to develop a Email: Ian.Henshaw@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
focussed approach to addressing offenders’ Marcus.Smart@homoffice.gsi.gov.uk
identified needs in relation to employment and will Tel: 020 7217 0682 (Ian)/020 7217 0766 (Marcus)
address key issues including:

• Assessment of need 24/04: REVISED CHANGE CONTROL


• Disclosure PROCEDURES FOR PROGRAMMES
• CV preparation
• Job search We are currently reviewing the change control
• Housing procedures and are exploring how we can involve
• Financial literacy the regional EPTMs in this process. However to
make sure we can progress matters this year we
In addition, a beneficiary Access Fund has been will have to use existing practices.
established to help respond to individual needs,
providing support for items such as childcare, I will be writing to the relevant Interventions ACOs
course fees, small items for work, tools and to ask them to collate the appropriate information
equipment and other related items as required. from their Area and to forward that to me by the
end of August. It will be very helpful if facilitators
Areas will also be able to deliver the (non- can start this process now by informing their
accredited) Workwise employment programme Treatment and Programme Managers of items of
that was developed and tested by Areas good practice and any concerns encountered
delivering the ‘Employment Pathfinder’. Workwise within the programmes they are involved in. The
aims to address offenders’ needs in relation to panel will sit in October and the outcome of the
employment: procedures will be circulated by the end of the
year.
• Foundations for work
• Problem solving and work This exercise is an excellent opportunity for
• Dealing with others practioners to feed back to programme designers
• Working with others to achieve goals and implementation staff their opinion of all
• Personal development aspects of current programmes. Please have your
• Problem recognition say as it is important that programmes are

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adapted where necessary to ensure they maintain Trainers and Treatment Managers split up to
their relevance and responstivity. discuss their respective experiences from prison
and probation settings and again suggestions
FURTHER INFORMATION: were made as to how elements of both key tasks
Phil Mackin, NPD Interventions Unit could be considered in order to eliminate some of
Email: Philip.Mackin3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk the concerns identified.
Tel: 020 7217 8044
Bruce and I concluded the event with an overview
of the current position of the cognitive skills
24/05: COGNITIVE SKILLS BOOSTER programme and of how we would endeavour to
TRAINER/TREATMENT MANAGER EVENT put into practice the suggestions made over the
28-29 JUNE 2006 two days.

I was pleased to co-chair this event alongside This event was also the last one that Bruce would
Bruce Cunningham, South East EPTM with be involved in as he leaves his current position at
responsibility for the cognitive skills booster the end of July to commence a new post. Bruce is
programme. The event started on the afternoon of a very good champion and supporter of the
the 28 June with a group of national trainers from cognitive skills booster programme and has
both prisons and probation outlining their played a significant role in its development and
experiences of training and suggestions of how expansion; his expertise will be greatly missed to
the current system could be improved. Danny the programme
Clark started the next (full) day of the conference
with a very positive presentation outlining the It was agreed that I would collate all the handouts
research that demonstrated the effectiveness of and prepare a more detailed account of the issues
the cognitive skills booster and that of all the that I intend to take forward and these will be
programmes that we deliver the cognitive skills made available shortly either by contacting me
programme is unique as it offers the participants direct or via the Programmes Helpdesk.
the opportunity of practising real life issues within
the challenging exercises. FURTHER INFORMATION:
Phil Mackin, NPD Interventions Unit
Two workshops were successfully facilitated by Email: Philip.Mackin3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Mari Bell and Stephen Bradley with the theme of Tel: 020 7217 8044
responsivity and how that can be in incorporated
into the video monitoring process. Following
lunch, Linda Blud continued the theme of 24/06: HELPDESK FOR OFFENDONG
responsivity with a very dynamic presentation BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMMES QUERIES
challenging those of us involved in this
programme to constantly review our practice and A helpdesk is available for queries about
to keep up to date with the current thinking and Offending Behaviour Programmes and can be
research in both this programme and others. contacted using email address:
Linda also mentioned the Tony Ward “good lives”
theory which is now being incorporated into sex npd.obp.helpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.
offender programmes.

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A collection of frequently asked questions will also changeover of systems in 2007/8. In the interim
be produced and will be published twice yearly in period it is anticipated that the pool of facilitators
Interventions News. necessary to sustain delivery will continue to be
sustained as at present.

24/07: ACCREDITED PROGRAMMES The Accreditation Panel will advise on the


TRAINING STREAMLINING suitability of the core materials to Sex Offender
facilitators in due course. A parallel model will be
Major changes are to be brought into effect in the adopted for the development of accredited
training of trainers and facilitators of accredited programme trainers, with a core skills training
programmes. package and programme specific additions.
Current tutors and trainers may continue to deliver
The current system demands separate training for programmes for which they have been trained.
each accredited programme which is to be Staff currently delivering an accredited
delivered. This training has been based on programme will be eligible to become trained in
manuals which assume delivery to staff with no another programme using the new materials, as
core skills or previous knowledge of accredited and when the materials become available.
programmes theory. With an increasing number of
facilitators needing to become competent in a Current programmes trainers will need to
number of programmes, the training is often seen familiarised with the core generic materials. A
as repetitive and over long. series of two day training events is being arranged
regionally by Regional Training Consortia. These
Programmes staff from the Prison and Probation events will be underwritten by NPD and will take
services have jointly agreed a set of tutor place during September and October 2006. A
competences, a core skills training manual is provisional timetable is with regional training
being piloted which will enable staff to be trained consortia. On successful completion of the two
in theory and in the basic skills required of days, trainers will be eligible to deliver the new
facilitators, and a range of programme specific core materials. Further information and
materials are also being developed which will programme specific familiarisation is being
enable facilitators to learn about particular devised for trainers and will be rolled out following
programmes and apply their skills to the delivery the core generic training. It is not anticipated that
of those programmes. The core skills modules (5 the programme specific modules for trainers will
days training) will in future need to be undertaken exceed one day in duration.
only once, and, on successful completion, the
candidate will be eligible to receive programme When completed the new arrangements will
specific training, as required. enable Areas to train staff more easily and
economically to deliver accredited programmes.
It is intended that the new system be introduced The Prison Service and partner agencies
for general Offending Behaviour Programmes in delivering programmes under contract to
the first instance. ETS, Think First and One To probation Areas have been successfully involved
One materials have been developed and piloted in the pilots.
successfully in this regard. Additional programme
specific materials will be developed during this FURTHER INFORMATION:
financial year with the intention of a complete Tudor Williams, NPD Interventions Unit

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Email: Tudor.Williams@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Work delivery although it also highlighted
Tel: 020 7217 8068 shortcomings in risk assessment and
management and in Areas’ capacity to deliver
consistent work to offenders. The recent PC20/06
24/08: UNPAID WORK gave Areas advice and guidance about assessing
and managing the risk posed by Unpaid Work
This continues to be a busy time for Unpaid Work. offenders. All Areas are also now required to
Its popularity with both sentencers and Ministers report regularly to NPD about the use of stand-
continues to increase (12% up on last year), with downs or send-homes and there has already been
more extensions of its use under discussion and a national reduction.
the likelihood of more agencies delivering it to
offenders. The revised Unpaid Work Manual is nearing
completion and will be published in the Autumn for
The last copy of Interventions News contained an use by both Probation Areas and any other
article about the use of Unpaid Work in the agency delivering Unpaid Work. It aims to be a
Conditional Cautioning pilots these are due to shorter, simplified, up-dated, user-friendly Manual
start in September in six Probation Areas. Unpaid which incorporates the best principles of quality
Work is also being piloted in several Areas for delivery from ECP. There has been wide
fines defaulters. Discussions are underway to trial consultation on the draft with both Areas and NPD
the use of Unpaid Work with those who breach staff.
Family Court Orders or who default on Child
Support payments. The extension of partnership Areas are also continuing to implement the
pilots between Probation Areas and their local offender management model and the offender
Resettlement Prisons is also under consideration. management/interventions split is being
So too is the idea of more unemployed offenders developed in a number of different ways
being able to work their hours in full-time blocks; throughout the country.
current discussions with NOMS and the
Department of Work and Pensions are aiming to The recent Living Leadership Conference for
remove any barriers involving their entitlement to Middle Managers in Northampton included an
benefits. Unpaid Work workshop in which many of these
themes were discussed by a lively and committed
Opening up the delivery of interventions to group of staff who will be leading Unpaid Work
agencies other than the Probation Service into what is bound to be an exciting future.
continues to be a priority for Ministers as the drive Although I am taking early retirement at the end of
towards a mixed economy in public service August, an announcement about my successor
delivery continues. Some Areas are planning to will be made shortly.
consider this as part of their required 5% spend
on external partnerships. There may be real FURTHER INFORMATION:
opportunities here for both staff and offenders in Janet Power, NPD Interventions Unit
imaginative service delivery developments. Email: Janet.Power3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Quality service delivery will remain essential in all Tel: 020 7217 8877
future developments for Unpaid Work. The recent
HMIP thematic inspection on ECP reported a lot
of excellent practice at the front line of Unpaid

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24/09: O-DEAT be collected to help explore the reasons behind
any differences in scores. This research is set to
There have been recent staff changes to the begin in July 2006.
OASys - Data, Evaluation and Analysis Team (O-
DEAT). Three new staff members joined the team Raising the quality of OASys completion is also
in February 2006. Mia Debidin replaced Natasha a key focus for O-DEAT, particularly following
Garnham as the head. Dexa Kanbi and Wendy the successful implementation of OASys across
Smith-Yau filled two vacancies for research both the prison and probation services and after
officers. Michelle Burns (senior research officer) having achieved full connectivity. The quality
left the team in early June. Philip Howard and management plan published last year is being
Robin Moore remain as two senior research reviewed in order to summarise lessons learned
officers. and to establish a clear system of quality control
and improvement. A regular report on quality of
Assessing the validity and reliability of OASys, data completion is under development to look at
particularly its ability to predict reconviction, has the standard of completion rates of individual
been a key research focus within O-DEAT. items within the assessment framework. This
Analysis of OASys assessments found that drug report will be available in July 2006.
misuse, criminal history and lifestyle and
associates were among the strongest predictors O-DEAT continues to provide management
of reconviction. The analysis also suggested that information to policy colleagues, individual
the predictive ability of OASys might be improved probation areas and prison establishments. The
by amending and re-weighting questions and O-DEAT database now holds one million
incorporating OGRS scores. A full report of the assessments from both the probation and prison
OASys evaluation is available on the NOMS services. Offender profiles are routinely
website and a summary of the findings was produced. We have recently produced data for
published in June as Home Office Research the ROMS comparing the levels of different
Findings 278: The Offender Assessment System: types of criminogenic needs amongst offenders
An evaluation of the second pilot. Future to the content of sentence plans and the
reconviction projects within O-DEAT will focus on completion of interventions in 2005-06, to
revising the scoring system and developing provide an analysis of the gaps in provision. A
prediction of the likelihood of violent offending and National Reporting Project is currently being
non-violent offending separately, and on exploring piloted to assist probation areas and regions
the relationship between reconviction and the self- produce their own specific management
assessment questionnaire (SAQ). information reports. Results of the pilot phase
will be evaluated in September 2006. National
O-DEAT is undertaking further research on the rollout is scheduled for October 2006.
inter-rater reliability (IRR) of OASys. The IRR
study aims to measure the levels of consistency Finally, O-DEAT is forging closer links with the
between different OASys users by comparing youth justice risk/needs assessment tool Asset.
their assessments of the same offenders. It will Currently, there are no connections between
examine important offender variations such as Asset and OASys. Recent O-DEAT research has
age, gender, ethnicity, criminal history, likelihood demonstrated that there is a sufficient level of
of reconviction and risk of harm. Assessors’ concordance between the total scores, section
details such as grade and OASys experience will scores, and individual items within Asset and

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OASys (Moore, 2006). The findings (The and Rutland Area) and Paul Dawson (Senior
compatibility of Asset and OASys: How do the Research Officer for the PPO Project in the Home
risk/needs assessment systems for young and Office). The workshops were received well.
adult offenders compare?) will be published as a
development and practice report later this year. Nine bids were received in total for the workshops
Future Asset-OASys projects will focus on how at the PPO National Conference. The NPS Areas
and when Asset information should be viewed by and topics for the workshops are as follows:
OASys assessors and also explore the 1. London Borough of Newham – MAPPOM
technological capabilities such as the role of and regular meetings.
secure email and the potential for creating an 2. London Borough of Hammersmith and
interface between the Youth Offending Team Fulham – Multi agency review panel.
management systems and NOMIS. 3. West Mercia – Relationship with the
Youth Support Services.
FURTHER INFORMATION: 4. Staffordshire – Research and
Mia Debidin, Head of O-DEAT recommendations.
Email: Mia.Debidin@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk 5. S.Wales – Research and
Tel: 020 7217 0699 recommendations.
6. Lincolnshire – Issues with managing
PPO’s in a rural, low intensity DIP area.
24/10: PROLIFIC AND OTHER PRIORITY 7. Leicestershire & Rutland – Badging,
OFFENDERS funding, interventions and LOMPs (local
offender management panels).
In order to ensure that Areas provide a high-class 8. Middlesbrough – Identification and
premium service to this group, work is ongoing to relationship with PSA1.
spread good practice across the NPS by visiting
various agencies involved with the PPO We still hope to run a conference in conjunction
programme including NPS Areas, PPO schemes with the Home Office PPO Policy Team. We are
and Government Offices. A toolkit is being also planning to resource a series of regional
developed to help manage PPOs. workshops during the course of the year which will
aim to share good practice.
The Home Office and EPIC websites are to be
updated in the next quarter to link to the Crime PPO DVD
Reduction mini PPO site as follows:
West Midland Police launched a DVD ‘ your journey
www.crimereduction.gov.uk/ppominisite01 your choice ’ on the 27 June 2006. They believe the
implementation of the PPO strategy is making a
PPO National Conference substantial contribution to crime reduction and wish to
demonstrate how joined up multi-disciplinary working
The PPO National Conference was put on hold in can contribute to the Government’s vision of safer and
light of the NOMS Protecting the Public and stronger communities. The DVD is to be used to
Reducing Re-offending conference on 5-6 July. inform and raise awareness of offenders, demonstrating
Instead Robin Brennan (NPD Interventions Unit) how Community Safety Partnerships work together to
held workshops on both days with Tim Scotson manage offending behaviour, in addition to assisting as
(Strategic Manager for PPOs in Leicestershire a training resource for agencies represented in the Local

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Criminal Justice Board and the Community Safety implementation summary will be published in the
Partnership. next edition of Interventions News.

For further information and copies of the DVD: While it is a minority of Areas which use these, we
Sergeant Kevin Borg, Offender Management Unit, have sought to extend both national contracts for
West Midlands Police the next six months. We envisage that there will
Email: k.borg@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk continue to be a national framework arrangement
Tel: 0121 626 5088 for Areas wishing to use it though this may be
provided through co-operation with other parts of
J-Track the Home Office.

We are working on plans to get J-Track lists sent PSR quality


regularly to NPS Areas through NPS Information
Managers. Further information is due to be We are planning to review a set of PPO PSR’s,
released shortly in the form of a Probation seeking to establish whether not ‘naming’ PPO’s
Circular. as such in reports makes a difference to the
outcome. SPO’s from Norfolk, Humberside,
What Works Northants, Suffolk, Gwent and Northumbria have
offered to take part in the exercise this month,
The interim evaluation of the PPO programme while West Yorkshire, Humberside, Norfolk and
reported a 10% drop in recorded offending Gwent have offered to supply reports.
reflected in convictions. Some NPS Areas
(Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and PPO National Reference Group
Staffordshire) are reporting significantly higher
percentage reductions. A full evaluation is due to Each Region has put forward representative for
be published by NOMS RDS in autumn. If you this group, which has the main aim of sharing
are conducting research locally we are keen to good practice. The membership is:
hear about it.
Tina Ridge – Dorset Area
For further information please feel free to contact Deirdre Bryant – Lewisham DIP
us to request copies of: Home Office, Jan Chaplin – South Wales Area
development and practice report no 46; early Jim Atkins – Staffordshire Area
findings from the Prolific and other Priority John Crawley – Merseyside Area
Offenders Evaluation. Mark Boother – HMIP
Shelagh Wray – Derbyshire Area
Drug Testing Alan Davies – Gwent Area
Alex Bamber – Essex Area
The majority of Areas have now confirmed that Andrea Saunders – Sussex Area
they have drug testing in place for PPO’s on Hutchinson Andy – Dorset Area
licence who have committed a trigger offence (see Barbara Bate – Manchester Area
PC34/05 for details). Moreover, most have Darian Mitchell – London Area
treatment in place for those who test positive. Two Hana Knotek – Northumbria Area
Areas have yet to make returns, and one Area Ian Houghton – Manchester Area
has yet to begin any testing. The full Jim Cowley – Nottinghamshire Area

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John Davidson – Cheshire Area method of delivery and relevant guidance is
Julia Sharp – Suffolk Area hoped to be gained from the evaluation results.
Stuart McPhillips – North East Regional Manager
Mike Ruffles – Devon and Cornwall Area Relapse Prevention Module (RP)
Neil Appleby – West Midlands Area
Peter Wright – Humberside Area This has similarly been designed, staff trained and
Peter Pettit – PPO Policy Team about to go live in three pilot areas – North Wales,
Leicestershire & Rutland and London. The
FURTHER INFORMATION: process will be similar to that for LIAM; however
Corinna Griggs, NPD Interventions Unit the time frames are less clear cut as the numbers
Email: Corinna.Griggs2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk and throughput are dependent upon substance
Tel: 020 7217 0760 misuse accredited programme completions. A
Robin Brennan, NPD Interventions Unit specific date for review is therefore not able to be
Email: Robin.Brennan@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uj clearly established.
Tel: 020 7217 0916
This module is of 10 session duration, consisting
of 5 areas of recapped work from substance
24/11: SUBSTANCE USE MODULES misuse accredited programmes and application to
current situations through skill development
Low Intensity Alcohol Module (LIAM) sessions. Again it is planned to be delivered both
in groups and to individuals throughout the pilot of
The initial design stage for this module is now the modules.
complete, relevant staff trained, and it is being
delivered in four pilot areas – North Wales, FURTHER INFORMATION:
Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire and Diane Anderson, NPD Interventions Unit
London. It is hoped to review and commence Email: Diane.Anderson3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
evaluation of delivery with a view to making Tel: 020 7217 8895
required amendments by the end of this calendar Victoria Dawson-Wheeler, NPD Interventions Unit
year. Thereafter the amended version will be Email:
delivered, a final evaluation take place, then Victoria.Dawson-Wheeler@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
issued nationally to probation Areas as a Tel: 020 7217 8815
consistent national resource to be utilised with
alcohol misusing offenders.
24/12: ALCOHOL STRATEGY
At present this module is envisaged as being IMPLEMENTATION EVENTS
predominantly delivered as an Activity
Requirement. The prospect of seeking NPS Alcohol Strategy Implementation Events will
accreditation is being explored as part of the pilot. take place on 12 October 2006 at the Menzies
Similarly, exploration of the different ways in Waterside Hotel, Bath, and on 18 October 2006 at
which it might form part of a community sentence the Sheffield Marriott Hotel, Sheffield.
or licence provision will be undertaken. The
module is of 12 session duration and being These events will assist probation Areas in
delivered both in groups and on an individual implementing recommendations contained in the
basis during the pilot stage. The most effective recently launched Working with Alcohol Misusing

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Offenders – a strategy for delivery and inform the FURTHER INFORMATION:
next stage of activity at the centre in relation to Robert Stanbury, NPD Interventions Unit
key strategy commitments. Email: Robert.Stanbury@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7217 0767
The events are mainly aimed at probation
managers and practitioners involved in managing 24/13: REFERRING OFFENDER LEARNERS TO
or delivering interventions to alcohol misusing LSC LED PROVISION UNDER OLASS
offenders but there will also be limited
representation from a range of other key The Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service
stakeholders e.g. Alcohol Concern, NTA . (OLASS) will be introduced to the six remaining
regions in England (East and West Midlands, East
Further details will be available shortly on EPIC. of England, Yorkshire and Humberside, South
East and London) on 31 July 2006. The new
Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM) service will integrate learning and skills provision
for offenders in custody and in the community with
Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (MoCAM) all offender learning and skills provision planned
was published on 29 June. MoCAM provides best and funded by the Learning and Skills Council
practice guidance on a framework for (LSC).
commissioning and providing interventions and
treatment for adults affected by alcohol misuse. It However, the LSC’s contractors will only be able
describes a four tier system of stepped care for to achieve suitable outcomes if NPS areas
alcohol misusers. continue to encourage participation by referring
learners to LSC funded learning and skills
MoCAM will be followed later this year by a provision. From 31 July 2006 all NPS areas in
Review of the effectiveness of treatment for England will therefore be responsible for referring
alcohol problems and Alcohol treatment Offender Learners to LSC led provision and not
pathways: guidance for developing local ‘starting’ them as in the past (unless the NPS area
integrated care pathways for alcohol. These is a sub-contractor and so delivering the provision
documents all form part of the Department of themselves). Under OLASS responsibility for
Health’s Programme of Improvement for Alcohol “starting” offenders in provision along with
Misuse, which also includes the previously delivering the outcomes will be assumed by the
published Alcohol Needs Assessment Research LSC and its contractors.
Project (ANARP) and Alcohol Misuse
Interventions: Guidance on developing a local The NPS Skills for Life targets for 2006-07 have
programme of improvement. therefore been re-defined to account for this
change in emphasis. The referrals target for 2006-
MoCAM is available on EPIC or via the 07 has been set at 48,000 referrals and an Area
Department of Health website at: breakdown was included with PC 06/2006 :
Business Planning in 2006-07. (Please note that
http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Pu this breakdown is shown under the old heading of
blications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/Publica basic skills “starts”). Areas should also note that
tionsPolicyAndGuidanceArticle/fs/en?CONTENT_I Skills for Life referrals are included on the
D=4136806&chk=iA9Ogu weighted scorecard for 2006-07 (weighting = 5).
There is, however, no NPD awards target for

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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: Roger.Stevens@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7217 8283

Many thanks to all contributors to this edition of


Interventions News.

If you have a story to tell about implementation of


what works/ interventions, why not write an article,
preferably with a photograph, and send to:

JohnA.MacGregor@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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