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National Probation Service

Bulletin
Issue 39 July – August 2006

ARTICLES CONTENTS
059/06 Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPOs)
060/06 Custody Plus
The Bulletin has been improved for easier on-screen
reading. 061/06 Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy
062/06 Diploma in Probation Studies
Articles can now be read by either scrolling down the 063/06 Century of Probation
page or by clicking the article titles below:
064/06 Inside Justice Week
065/06 Queen’s Birthday Honours
Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPOs) 066/06 Appointments
067/06 Events
Custody Plus
068/06 NPD Diary

Domestic Abuse Policy and Strategy: Supporting 069/06 Issued Recently


Guidance

Diploma in Probation Studies – Cohorts 9 & 10

Century of Probation

Inside Justice Week

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Appointments

Events

NPD Diary

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059/06 PROLIFIC AND OTHER PRIORITY OFFENDERS (PPOS)

PPO Toolkit

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

• 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: robin.brennan@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 020 7217 0916
Email: corinna.griggs.2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 020 7217 0760

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060/06 CUSTODY PLUS

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: custody.plus@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

061/06 DOMESTIC ABUSE POLICY AND STRATEGY: SUPPORTING GUIDANCE

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: Angela.colyer@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

062/06 DIPLOMA IN PROBATION STUDIES – COHORTS 9 & 10

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.

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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)

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Email: Helen.Smith2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

063/06 CENTURY OF PROBATION

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 www.cjp.org.uk and click on Century of Probation.

064/06 INSIDE JUSTICE WEEK 2006

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 www.cjsonline.gov.uk/insidejustice or contact your Local
Criminal Justice Board to get involved.

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065/06 QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS

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.

066/06 APPOINTMENTS

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 www.govnet.co.uk/cjm 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 http://www.gmac.org.uk

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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11th SW & Wales VFM Start Up Workshop, Austin Court, Birmingham


12th NW/NE Regions VFM Start Up Workshop, Britannia Hotel, Manchester
13th South West Region, joint Prison and Probation OASys Benchmarking Event, Taunton
19th – 20th Core Generic tutor skills training, Wales Region, venue tbc
19th – 20th Core Generic tutor skills training, North East Region, venue tbc
20th South West Region, joint Prison and Probation OASys Benchmarking Event, Leyhill Prison
21st – 22nd Core Generic tutor skills training, South East Region, venue tbc
26th – 27th Core Generic tutor skills training, South East Region, venue tbc
28th Offender Assessment Conference, New Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden Exhibition Centre,
London
28th – 29th Core Generic tutor skills training, West Midlands Region, venue tbc

069/06 ISSUED RECENTLY

Probation Circulars 2006:

PC28 NPS Performance Targets and Measures 2006-2007: Guidance


PC29 Policy and Procedures for the Management of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)
PC30 Further Guidance on Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPO'S)
PC31 Invitation to Bid for Funding to Support Alcohol Projects in 2006-07
PC32 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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