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National Probation Service

Bulletin
Issue 56 18 May 2007

The Bulletin has been improved for easier on-screen reading. It now summaries new content placed on Epic
(http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk/index.htm) in the previous week and significant messages that have been
circulated on the Chief Officer gateway. Articles can now be read by either scrolling down the page or by clicking the
titles below:

101/07 Initial Skills Checker


102/07 Local Media Proposal
103/07 Lord Falconer speech to Chief Officers and Chairs – 11th May
104/07 Standard forms to support OM Phase 2 and subsequent phases
105/07 Continuity and Resettlement Guide
106/07 Delivery & Quality Unit – Performance Improvement Unit
107/07 NPS Health and Safety Guidance - Tobacco smoking
108/07 Statutory Instrument no 1335/2007 – Audit Committees
109/07 National Domestic Extremism - operational implications for probation
110/07 Delivering Simple Speedy Summary Justice in the Magistrates Courts
111/07 Lifer News
112/07 Guidance on the Management of Hostage Situations
113/07 Issued Recently

101/07 INITIAL SKILLS CHECKER

The First Move Skill Checker, accompanying PC13/2007 has been placed on EPIC. It is specifically for use by
probation at the report stage and will replace Fast Track 20 Questions. Areas are expected to switch use the new
checkers by 1 June 2007.
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102/07 LOCAL MEDIA PROPOSAL

A note for communication contacts and Chief Officers has been issued. It outlines a concerted effort to
attract/monitor media coverage during the next couple of months

Sent to Chief Officers & Communications Officers via the Chief Officer Gateway – 15 May 2007

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103/07 LORD FALCONER SPEECH TO CHIEF OFFICERS AND CHAIRS – 11TH MAY

The speech made to Probation Chairs and Chief Officers on 11 May by Lord Falconer has been released by his
office.

Sent to Chief Officers, Chairs & Board Secretaries via the Chief Officer Gateway – 16 May 2007

Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News

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104/07 STANDARD FORMS TO SUPPORT OM PHASE 2 AND SUBSEQUENT PHASES

A set of standard forms for use to support offender management in custodial cases, has been issued. Their
development has drawn on examples of forms provided by areas and regions. The forms are being issued to the
Prison Service simultaneously. An explanation of each form, with a downloadable copy, has been published on
Epic.

Sent to Chief Officers, Chairs & Board Secretaries via the Chief Officers Gateway – 16 May 2007
Contact: peter.king6@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Offender Management>Offender Management National Forms

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105/07 CONTINUITY AND RESETTLEMENT GUIDE

The above guide is will promote good practice and the effectiveness of accredited programmes. It is aimed
programme managers and facilitators, both in prison and probation.

Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Interventions>Programmes

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106/07 DELIVERY & QUALITY UNIT – PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT UNIT

The Delivery & Quality Unit has been renamed the Performance Improvement Unit. The Head of the Unit is Ben
Emm, a seconded Chief Officer.

Contact: ben.emm3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or 0207 217 8244

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107/07 NPS HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDANCE - TOBACCO SMOKING

A revised version of the National H&S Policy arrangement on tobacco smoking in the NPS has been issued. It
provides guidance on the new smoke free premises regulations, introduced on 2nd April in Wales and due on 1st July
in England; it is recommended to Areas by the National Health and Safety Forum.

Sent to Chief Officers and Chairs via the Chief Officer Gateway – 14 May 2007

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108/07 STATUTORY INSTRUMENT NO 1335/2007 – AUDIT COMMITTEES

A copy of SI 1335/2207 and explanatory memorandum, an amendment to numbers/membership of audit


committees, has been issued to Board Secretaries, chairs and chiefs.

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109/07 NATIONAL DOMESTIC EXTREMISM - OPERATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR


PROBATION

A letter raising awareness of a probation secondment to the Police National Coordinator of Domestic Extremism has
been circulated to chief officers. The supervision of offenders convicted of offences connected with domestic
extremism – such as animal rights activists – may benefit from national support, given the high risk of harm or repeat
victimisation that is often involved. A short questionnaire as also been circulated.

Contact: paul.davis15@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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110/07 DELIVERING SIMPLE SPEEDY SUMMARY JUSTICE IN THE MAGISTRATES


COURTS

Evaluation of the success of the implementation of new working practices in magistrates courts as been circulated to
chief officers, via the Chief Officer Gateway - 14 May 2007

Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Sentencing Information

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111/07 LIFER NEWS

The (colourful) Lifer News has been published on EPIC, covering, inter alia, sentence planning for indeterminate
sentence prisoners, OASys and life sentence planning, news on the public protection advocacy team and statistics
on indeterminate sentence prisoners. Contact details for the NOMS Lifer Review & Recall, Parole and Public
Protection Policy and Release & Recall teams can be downloaded from Epic.

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Navigate from: Home>Service Delivery>Public Protection>Pre & Post Release


Home>Staff Directory>NOMS Parole, Release & Lifer Staff List

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112/07 GUIDANCE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF HOSTAGE SITUATIONS

Guidance on the management of hostage situations has been published on Epic. Reassuringly, it advises you that
“your main aim should be to survive the incident”.

Epic: Navigate from Home>Support Service>Human Resources>Health & Safety>Health and Safety Policy Manual

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113/07 ISSUED RECENTLY

Probation Circulars 2007:

PC10 Offender Engagement Good Practice Guide Issued 15 May

PC11 Deportation of European Economic Area National Prisoners Issued 16 May

PC12 Pre-Sentence Report Decision Tool Issued 17 May

PC13 Introduction of a New Skills Screening Tool: First Move – Initial Skills Checker Issued 18 May

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic

Message 036/07 Further to OASys message 034/07 Issued 17 May

Message 035/07 Printed problem identified Issued 17 May

Message 034/07 Outage of OASys and e-OASys Services Issued 4 May

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