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National Probation Service

Bulletin
Issue 59 8 June 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:

124/07 Updated Technical and Guidance Notes


125/07 Guide to the Serious Further Offence (SFO) Review Process
126/07 Justice Awards and Inside Justice Week 2007
127/07 MoJ Better Regulation Unit (Red Tape)
128/07 New Epic content
129/07 Issued Recently

124/07 UPDATED TECHNICAL AND GUIDANCE NOTES

The Service Level Agreement (SLA), Offender Management and Interventions metrics guidance and technical notes
have been updated, and are available on EPIC.

Navigate from Home>Support Service>Probation Change Programme

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125/07 GUIDE TO THE SERIOUS FURTHER OFFENCE (SFO) REVIEW PROCESS

A new guide for staff about SFO reviews has been published. It provides a short summary of the purpose of the SFO
review process and clarifies the distinction between any interviews undertaken as part of the SFO review process
and any interviews undertaken in any subsequent capability (or, rarely, disciplinary) proceedings. The guide has
been put together in consultation with NOMS HR and with NAPO and UNISON.

Issued to Chief Officers & Chairs via the Chief Officer Gateway – 6 June 2007

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Contact: Richard Pearce - 0207 217 0695

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126/07 JUSTICE AWARDS AND INSIDE JUSTICE WEEK 2007

The nomination period for the 2007 Justice Awards opened on 14 May 2007 to all staff and volunteers across the
Criminal Justice System.

The Justice Awards are an annual campaign to reward frontline staff and volunteers who ‘go the extra mile’ in their
work with victims, witnesses, defendants or offenders. The campaign will run in tandem with Inside Justice Week
which is taking place between 3 and 10 November 2007.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Contact: adam.whisker@cjs.gsi.gov.uk or 020 7035 8629

In the meantime, please visit www.cjsonline.gov.uk/justiceawards and www.cjsonline.gov.uk/insidejustice for further


information. For details on individual categories, you can check the page on our website:
http://justiceawards.cjsonline.gov.uk/about/categories/

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127/07 MoJ BETTER REGULATION UNIT (RED TAPE)

The Ministry of Justice’s Better Regulation Unit wants to hear your suggestions and proposals to cut bureaucracy
and regulation. This is part of a strategy involving every government department in addressing the over-regulation
and unnecessary bureaucracy that gets in the way of delivering services.

You can either submit your idea at the central government website: www.betterregulation.gov.uk or send it to the
Better Regulation Unit at the Strategy, Development and Projects Division, 5.06 Selborne House, 54 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QW.

Details will appear in the EPIC News section shortly.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
If you want to know more about the scheme, see the website or contact:
laurence.fiddler@justice.gsi.gov.uk or 0207 210 2622
gabrielle.kann@justice.gsi.gov.uk or 0207 210 1326
julia.bradford@justice.gsi.gov.uk or 0207 210 0669

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128/07 NEW EPIC CONTENT

The following have been added to Epic w/c 4 June 2007:

Alcohol Treatment Provider Event Report 7th December 2006 – Added 7 June 2007

Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Interventions>NOMS Probation Interventions and Substance Abuse Unit>
Drugs, Alcohol, PPOs & Young Adult Offenders

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129/07 ISSUED RECENTLY

Probation Circulars 2007:

PC18 PSO Learning & Development Programme 2007- 08 Issued 8 June

This Circular provides details of the revised learning and development programme for
PSOs and equivalent grades. Following on from work undertaken in the Role Boundaries
project it was agreed that the curriculum and structure of the programme needed revising
for 2007-08 to take into account changes in practice since 2005. Specific attention has
been given to the production of workbooks and other materials to support the
programmes. The circular has been discussed and agreed with NAPO and UNISON
learning and development representatives.

PC17 Assessment and Management of Sex Offenders Issued 7 June

This Circular gives further advice on the use of Risk Matrix 2000 (RM2000).
It also advises Areas of a new end of programme report format for accredited sex
offender programmes, the Structured Assessment of Risk and Need (SARN)
Finally it restates the position regarding consultancy from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation
for probation officers working with certain high risk male sex offenders and with female
sex offenders.

PC16 Quality Standards for Assessing The Delivery of Unpaid Work Issued 1 June
PC15 April 2007 Sub-Contracting Return Issued 25 May

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic

Message 041/07 CCR Forms Issued 23 May


Message 040/07 4.2.1b Incident Fix Release Issued 22 May
Message 037/07 Arrangements for Access to LAOs Issued 18 May

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