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Issue 64 13 July 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: 156/07 157/07 158/07 159/07 Disclosure of Immigration Information to Victims of Foreign National Offenders Community Penalty Enforcement Forthcoming Publications Issued Recently

156/07 DISCLOSURE OF IMMIGRATION INFORMATION TO VICTIMS OF FOREIGN NATIONAL OFFENDERS
A letter providing clarification of what immigration information may be disclosed to victims who have opted in to the statutory victim contact scheme, has been sent to Chief Officers, it also provides details of the Borders and Immigration Agency’s new policy on disclosure to victims. Issued to Chief Officers via the Chief Officer Gateway – 11 July 2007 Back to the top

157/07 COMMUNITY PENALTY ENFORCEMENT
A notice to draw attention to important information about community penalty enforcement included in the recently issued LCJB bulletin: Update 54. In particular, it alerts areas to two documents which have been sent to LCJBs and which have been put on EPIC to provide probation staff with direct access to this important guidance. Guidance for areas has been produced on the handling, reviewing and withdrawal of community penalty warrants. It includes the principles and the practical steps that areas should take to ensure that they are actively managing their outstanding warrants. This guidance is issued in a final version following extensive consultation with the Probation Areas, HMCS, Youth Justice Board, LCJBs and the Police. The Community Penalty Enforcement Group would like to express sincere thanks to all those individuals and agencies that took the time to consider carefully and thoughtfully the contents of the draft guidance. A number of the comments included a request for a short summary document and this comes as a separate attachment to the guidance. The Community Penalty Breach Effective Practice Guide (volume 2) is intended for use by all practitioners working in the field of Community Penalty enforcement. The document provides practical advice on how to improve

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performance against the end-to-end targets and incorporates the lessons learnt from area support projects undertaken by the Performance Action Team (PAT), NOMS and HMCS support teams. Issued to Chief Officers and Chairs via the Chief Officer Gateway – 9 July 2007 Back to the top

158/07 FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
• National Probation Service Annual Report 2006 - 2007 Back to the top

159/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007:

PC25

Case Transfers – Community Orders, Suspended Sentence Orders and Licences This Circular clarifies and reinforces the key principles outlined in PC52/2004 on the management of case transfers, updating the guidance in light of the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the NOMS Offender Management Model. As well as reinforcing key principles, for example that there should be absolute clarity at all times about who is responsible for the case and that public protection is paramount, the Circular strengthens the concept that objectives within the sentence plan should drive decision making about case transfer arrangements. The guidance in this Circular is to be applied to case transfers both within and between Areas. Further detailed guidance for specific offender groups/sentences, including DRRs, will be prepared and issued by 1 September 2007.

Issued 13 July

PC24

Prolific and Other Priority Offender Issues; Drug Testing of PPOs on Licence; Drug Testing in Approved Premises This Circular: • • • • Reminds Areas of the importance of recording PPO status Announces a series of performance visits to Areas relating to PPOs Outlines the funding position with respect to drug-testing in 2007/8 and intentions beyond Updates Areas on progress with drug testing procurement

Issued 11 July

PC23 PC22

Reducing the Risk of Drug Related Deaths End of Custody Licence (ECL)

Issued 29 June Issued 21 June

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic Message 050 07 OASys Unable to send e-mails to Assessors Issued 4 July

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Preparation for Deployment of eOASys Release 4.2.1c Incident Fix Release

Issued 2 July Issued 28 June

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