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Issue 72 7 September 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: 190/07 191/07 192/07 193/07 Offender Management Strategic Review Appointments Recent Publications Issued Recently

190/07 OFFENDER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIC REVIEW
NOMS is conducting a strategic review of offender management. The aim of the review is to set a clear, strategic direction for the implementation of future phases that is aligned with the developing commissioning strategy. It will ensure appropriate prioritisation of cases and offender groups, taking account of the importance of public protection and the need to live within our means and ensure cost effectiveness. The review is also looking at how we can translate what we have learned to date into good practice and what needs to change in our organisational cultures to support offender management. There are four workstreams and these are focusing on: • • • • Possible variations to the model Future phases Culture change, and Systems and process.

The review is being led by Roger Hill, Senior Responsible Owner of the Offender Management Programme. Providers, practitioners and relevant people across NOMS HQ, including the ROM offices, are contributing to all aspects of the work. The review is due to report in the autumn and we will keep you informed of progress. The work will not affect the implementation of Phase III of offender management, which is on course for a January 2008 roll-out across the system. Contact: NOMS-Feedback@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Back to the top

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191/07 APPOINTMENTS
Phillip Bowen has been appointed Head of Intensive Interventions in the Interventions & Substance Abuse Unit (NOMS Commissioning & Partnerships Directorate), starting from 17 September. Back to the top

192/07 RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Probation Bench Handbook & Probation Bench Guide (Edition Two) – Published September 2007 Copies available to download from Epic and the Probation Service website Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News Website: www.probation.justice.gov.uk Navigate from Home>Information for Sentencers>Reducing Reoffending Back to the top

193/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007: PC31 Implementation of Provisions of Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 Section 1 of the DV, C&V Act 2004 makes breach of a non-molestation order a criminal offence. Breach will be punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment on indictment. Section 1 came into force on 1 July 2007. Section 12 of the Act enables courts to impose restraining orders when sentencing for any offence and on acquittal. The implementation of section 12 was originally scheduled for 1 July 2007 but has been delayed until further notice due to the need to carry out further work on its implementation. This Circular sets out details of both sections of the Act and highlights issues for court staff, report writers and offender managers. A further communication will be sent to Areas once the implementation date of s12 is known. PC30 Health and Safety Considerations when Delivering Unpaid Work The Manual on the Delivery of Unpaid Work was issued in 2006 for implementation by 1st April 2007. Following discussions with NAPO and UNISON about health and safety issues, the attached joint guidance has been produced for consideration in the delivery of Unpaid Work. This document is intended to complement the guidance already in the manual, not to replace it. Issued 3 September Issued 6 September

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