National Probation Service

Issue 39 July – August 2006

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059/06 Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPOs) 060/06 Custody Plus 061/06 Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy 062/06 Diploma in Probation Studies 063/06 Century of Probation 064/06 Inside Justice Week 065/06 Queen’s Birthday Honours

Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPOs) Custody Plus Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy: Supporting Guidance Diploma in Probation Studies – Cohorts 9 & 10 Century of Probation Inside Justice Week Queen’s Birthday Honours Appointments Events NPD Diary Issued Recently

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PPO Toolkit Contributions are still welcome for this EPIC-based set of materials for PPO managers and practitioners. framework will comprise sections on: • • • • The

governance (steering groups, panels, teams) identification and assessment (definition, identification, cross-border work, PSRs) offender management (sentence planning, community orders, custody, interventions, licence conditions, drug testing, intelligence, case transfer, removal from list) performance management (J-Track, the performance management framework, NSMART)

This will be fleshed out with material from Areas, the PPO policy team in the Home Office, and NPD itself. So far we are intending to include contributions from London, Leicestershire and Rutland, Staffordshire, Thames Valley, Teesside, Nottinghamshire, Humberside, West Midlands, and Suffolk. If you have: a case example you are proud of; an example of good inter-agency work; a useful protocol; a written procedure that solved a problem; let us have it. If you are not sure, ring us and talk about it. PSR quality assurance We conducted a small-scale exercise in London looking at how well PSRs follow current guidance. Results of this will be made available in September. Thanks to probation staff for giving up their time to read the reports, and to their Areas for releasing them. Also thanks to West Yorkshire, Norfolk, Gwent, and Humberside probation for supplying the PSRs. Results of the exercise will be made available to lead ACOs and the PPO National Reference Group in September. Regional events NPD is planning a series of regional events to highlight good practice through 2006-7. We intend to plan these with staff from each region and to include national and local input. Proposed dates for a planning meeting and the event itself will be sent out to lead ACOs and the National Reference Group. The PPO policy team in the Home Office is planning a re-launch of the scheme at an event in the autumn. The National Reference Group decided that the postponed probation PPO conference which had been scheduled for July should not be run separately and that the NPS should contribute to this event instead. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: or Tel: 020 7217 0916 Email: or Tel: 020 7217 0760



The implementation of Custody Plus, which was planned for this autumn, has been deferred. The Government’s decision was announced on 20 July as part of the CJS Review: Rebalancing the Criminal Justice System in Favour of the Law-Abiding Majority. The Review made it clear that the Government's priority is to ensure that the public is protected from serious, dangerous and violent offenders and that this is where probation and prison resources need to be focused. The decision means that implementation of the other related powers in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 - the increase in magistrates' sentencing powers and the procedural reforms (allocation and sending) in Schedule 3 of the Act - will be reviewed. More information is expected in the Autumn. Helen Edwards, Chief Executive of NOMS and other senior officials have expressed their thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Custody Plus preparation work. Ministers’ decision to defer was not taken lightly and was made with a full appreciation of the disappointment that those involved in preparing for implementation were likely to feel. Consideration is currently being given to next steps. Further information will follow as and when it becomes available. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email:

The next sections of guidance to support the NPS Interim Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy will be available on EPIC at the beginning of September. This will consist of guidance on assessing and managing risk of harm and the use of interventions in domestic abuse cases and a glossary of terms. The guidance has been drawn up in conjunction with the NPS Domestic Abuse Reference Group. All sections of the guidance can be accessed on EPIC via the Public Protection page under Service Delivery. FURTHER INFORMATION: We welcome any comments and feedback on the guidance. Hard copies where available can be requested from: Email:

A commitment has been made by NPD/NOMS to extend the existing contracts with Higher Education providers to include two further intakes of trainee probation officers. This will ensure continuity of training provision and permit development time for a new offender manager qualification route.



The intake of cohort 10 in October 2007 will require the implementation of the revised occupational standards, which impact on the NVQ element of the programme. A national workshop took place on June 12/13 to assess the implementation issues for H.E. providers and employers. Two formal projects have been commissioned to progress the work on qualifications. The first will focus on the implementation issues for cohort 10. The second will be a longer term project to design the new qualification structure for the future. The existing providers are: • • • • • University of Portsmouth (North East, North West, South East, South West) De Montford University (East Midlands & West Midlands (single consortia), East of England) Sheffield Hallam University (Yorkshire & Humberside) University of Wales College Newport (Wales) University of Hertfordshire (London)


The Hallam Centre for Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University is launching its celebration of a hundred years of the probation service with Century of Probation - a series of activities taking place throughout 2007. Century of Probation will give everyone involved an opportunity to celebrate the illustrious history of the service and the twists and turns in policy and practice. It will help commentators and practitioners to step outside the vicissitudes of the present and consider the legacy and the continued relevance of probation work into the next century. Online seminars, publications, an oral history, a probation wikipaedia and a four day international conference in September 2007, are just some of the activities already planned for 2007. Roger Hill, Director of the National Probation Service will give the Annual Community Justice Portal Lecture in late May 2007. FURTHER INFORMATION: You can check out the calendar of events and keep up to date with what will be happening by visiting the Century of Probation website - go to and click on Century of Probation.

Inside Justice Week 2006 (18-25 November) opens up the Criminal Justice System to the public through a themed week of events and media coverage across the UK. This year’s campaign will be the biggest yet. FURTHER INFORMATION: Want to know what events are planned in your area? Visit or contact your Local Criminal Justice Board to get involved.



There have been two successes for probation in the Queens Birthday Honours list: • • Anthony Keith Tonge has been awarded an MBE for long standing service to probation. Assistant Chief Inspector of Probation John Hutchings has been awarded an OBE.

Roz Brown has been appointed Chief Officer for South Yorkshire Probation Area.

067/06 EVENTS
The 6th Annual Criminal Justice Management (CJM) Conference: Working Together – Justice for All Following on from last year's successful CJM Conference - Building Respect, Serving the Community Criminal Justice Management are proud to present the 6th Annual CJM Conference designed for central government departments, local authorities, the wider public sector and public sector suppliers within the Criminal Justice community. FURTHER INFORMATION: To register for this conference please call the number below or visit to secure your place Venue: QE11 Conference Centre, London Date: 12th October Tel: 0800 542 9585 The Greater Manchester Community Safety Partnership is holding a national conference. The focus will be upon the development of the National Intelligence Model (NIM) into a partnership context within Crime and Disorder Partnerships and agencies, by introducing a common and consistent business process to underpin activity at a local and sub-regional level. There will be an opportunity to examine how, in Greater Manchester; we have adapted the NIM to work in a partnership environment, through the development of Greater Manchester Against Crime (GMAC). FURTHER INFORMATION: Date: 28th – 29th November Please register your interest at The NPS takes no responsibility for the content or possible cost of external conferences.

068/06 NPD DIARY
September 8th SE/East Regions VFM Start Up Workshop, 2 Marsham Street, London



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SW & Wales VFM Start Up Workshop, Austin Court, Birmingham NW/NE Regions VFM Start Up Workshop, Britannia Hotel, Manchester South West Region, joint Prison and Probation OASys Benchmarking Event, Taunton Core Generic tutor skills training, Wales Region, venue tbc Core Generic tutor skills training, North East Region, venue tbc South West Region, joint Prison and Probation OASys Benchmarking Event, Leyhill Prison Core Generic tutor skills training, South East Region, venue tbc Core Generic tutor skills training, South East Region, venue tbc Offender Assessment Conference, New Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden Exhibition Centre, London Core Generic tutor skills training, West Midlands Region, venue tbc

Probation Circulars 2006: PC28 PC29 PC30 PC31 PC32 NPS Performance Targets and Measures 2006-2007: Guidance Policy and Procedures for the Management of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Further Guidance on Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPO'S) Invitation to Bid for Funding to Support Alcohol Projects in 2006-07 Throughput of Offenders on Unpaid Work

Other Publications: NPS Performance Report 20 HMI Probation Plan 2006 – 2007 Working with Alcohol Misusing Offenders – a strategy for delivery A Five Year Strategy for Protecting the Public and Reducing Reoffending CJS in Brief Issue 9

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