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Issue 66 27 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: 165/07 166/07 167/07 168/07 169/07 OASys Release 4.2.2: Practice Guidance Skills for Justice – Development Award Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS) Forthcoming Publications Issued Recently

165/07 OASYS RELEASE 4.2.2: PRACTICE GUIDANCE
OASys Release 4.2.2 will introduce changes to support Offender Management and will make it easier for probation assessors to ensure that they have control of OASys when they require it in order to complete assessments on those who fall within the scope of Phase II and are in custody. During the week beginning 30 July, practice guidance will be distributed to both probation and prisons in order to give staff ample time to familiarise themselves with the changes before the release. 4.2.2 is currently in testing and, at present, is scheduled to be released into the live environment in early October. The practice guidance is accompanied by process maps and a briefing presentation suitable for use in team meetings. This is an important development in enhancing the suitability of OASys as the foundation of Offender Management. Contact: Janet.corcoran@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Back to the top

166/07 SKILLS FOR JUSTICE – DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Skills for Justice , the skills council for the justice sector, is developing a qualification (Development Award) for practitioners who work with offenders or the affects of offending behaviour and who, due to the nature of their work cannot produce the range of evidence to achieve the full level 3 NVQ in Working with Offending Behaviour. A Development Award is a nationally recognised qualification consisting of a number of units (in this case five units) of National Occupational Standards (NOS). Development Awards are assessed in the workplace in the same way as NVQs and are designed to meet the needs of employers and employees working in a range of occupations. This Development Award must meet the needs of those who work with offenders or the affects of offending behaviour and your input is vital in helping us to develop a qualification that is relevant to the sector.

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Please complete the questionnaire to help identify the demand for such a qualification and what it should cover. The questionnaire can be found on the Skills for Justice Website www.skillsforjustice.com The closing date for the consultation is Friday 31st August. Following the consultation, the project steering group will meet in London on 21st September to review the proposed award prior to taking it forward to QCA. If you are a key stakeholder and would like to attend this meeting, please contact Pamela Padden (Project Manager) pamela.padden@skillsforjustice.com for further details. Back to the top

167/07 PARTNERS OF PRISONERS AND FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP (POPS)
Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS) have re-launched their website. www.partnersofprisoners.org.uk Contact: zoe@partnersofprisoners.co.uk Back to the top

168/07 FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
• • Probation Bench Handbook & Probation Bench Guide – Due to be published August 2007 Offender Management National Standards 2007 – Due to be published September 2007 Back to the top

169/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007: PC27 Victim Representation at Parole Board Hearings In July 2006 the Criminal Justice Review announced that victims should have the opportunity to put forward their views to the Parole Board in cases when release or transfer to open conditions of certain serious offenders is being considered. The new arrangements will enable victims to make representations to the Board through an advocate at oral hearings or by way of a written statement in cases where a decision is made on the basis of the papers. The statement will inform the Board about the impact of the crime, of any lasting consequences on the victim or their family, or the impact that the offender’s release might have on the victim or their family. The new arrangements do not affect victims’ existing statutory right to make representations to the Parole Board about the conditions to which the offender will be subject on release. VLOs should continue to submit views on behalf of victims to the offender manager in the existing way. PC26 Disclosure and Information Sharing to Inform Parole Board Decisions on Release and Recall Issued 18 July Issued 26 July

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Issue 66 July 2007 OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic Message 054 07 Message 053 07

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Planned HMPS OASys Outage End of Custody Licence Back to the top

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