National Probation Service

Bulletin
100/05 ORAL HEARINGS: FURTHER GUIDANCE

Issue 33

October – November 2005

CONTENTS
100/05 Oral Hearings: Further Guidance 101/05 The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime 102/05 Freedom of Information – Requirement 103/05 Crown Court Information – Bench Handbook 104/05 Just Women Leaflet 105/05 HMP Styal Fax Number 106/05 Intermittent Custody Establishments 107/05 Appointments 108/05 Events 109/05 NPD Diary 110/05 Issued Recently •

Further guidance is provided for probation managers on handling the increased numbers of Parole Board oral hearings arising from the House of Lords’ judgments in the cases of Smith and West, particularly in light of the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. PC 76/2005 reiterates the importance of Probation Service involvement in the process, explains the probation officer’s role as a key witness at oral hearings and the need for effective breach notification reports with full risk assessment and risk management plans. It also includes helpful advice on dealing with difficult questions and frequently asked questions. FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: jo.thompson8@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Email: akile.osman@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

101/05 THE CODE OF PRACTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
A new code which sets out the services victims can expect to receive from the criminal justice system was laid before Parliament on 19 October by Fiona Mactaggart as part of the Government's work to offer better support and advice to victims of crime and their families. The Code of Practice for Victims includes: • A right to information about their crime within specified time scales, including the right to be notified of any arrests and court cases A dedicated family liaison police officer to be assigned to bereaved relatives

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Clear information from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on eligibility for compensation under the Scheme All victims to be told about Victim Support and either referred to them or offered their service An enhanced service in the cases of vulnerable or intimidated victims Victims’ right of appeal to the Parliamentary Ombudsman if they are dissatisfied with the outcome of their complaint to an individual service provider

The Code includes the probation duty to contact victims and offer them an opportunity to make representations about an offender’s licence conditions. In line with provisions of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, this includes victims of mentally disordered offenders in certain circumstances. This duty is already being fulfilled by probation but implementation for all agencies will take place from April 2006, including the right of appeal to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime is published online at: www.cjsonline.gov.uk Email: eleanor.marshall@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Email: archana.patel@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: anna.cevidalli2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Email: shaila.hussein@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

103/05 CROWN COURT INFORMATION – BENCH HANDBOOK
The NPD has published a Probation Bench Handbook which provides information to Crown Court sentencers on all aspects of the NPS’s work. It is a development related to the production of Probation Bench Guides for Magistrates. Crown Court Judges will have received copies via addresses supplied by the Judicial Studies Board and each Probation Area has been given a further supply of copies. FURTHER INFORMATION: An electronic copy will be on the Probation website. www.probation.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Can feedback be emailed to: Email: NPSPublications@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

102/05 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – REQUIREMENT TO ADOPT AND MAINTAIN A PUBLICATION SCHEME
Since 29 February 2004, all public authorities (including all Probation Areas) have had a statutory duty to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. Prior to this implementation date, Probation Areas were offered the option of using a ‘model publication scheme’ which could be adapted to local requirements (see Probation Circular 60/2003). What is a publication scheme? A publication scheme is the statutory mechanism whereby public authorities, covered by the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, set out details of the information they routinely make available to everyone (e.g. leaflets, policies, etc), how the information can be obtained and whether a charge applies. They are initially approved by the Information Commissioner for a period of four years. What is the purpose of a publication scheme? The overall purpose of these schemes is to provide a simple, ‘at-a-glance’ guide to the types of information which the public authority can provide and so avoid the need for people to request the information by other means. They are a public commitment to make certain information available as well as a ‘shop window’ to advertise ‘what works’ at both local and national levels. Increasingly, members of the public are consulting publication schemes (either via websites or by written request) as a starting point for their information requests. Many public authorities such as the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Constitutional Affairs now have a link to FOI and their publication schemes on the front page of their websites.

104/05 JUST WOMEN LEAFLET
'Just Women' is a new publication by women who have worked positively through their Community Orders in the West Midlands region. Many of them were facing custody for their crimes and have been longer-term persistent offenders. The stories show how people can make changes while under a range of probation supervision and interventions, such as the new women's accredited behaviour programme, the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (formerly DTTO), the ICCP (Intensive Control and Change Programme) as well as unpaid work. There is a feature article on Intermittent Custody too. A copy of the publication is sent to each individual sentencer in the whole region alongside other key stakeholders and probation staff.

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Email: wendy.armour@staffordshire.probation.gsx.gov.uk Tel: 01785 231 726

108/05 EVENTS
Prisoner Resettlement: Repairing the Broken Links conference held by the British Society of Criminology. The workshop is aimed at: • managers and practitioners in the Offender manager services • academics and students in criminology • crime and social policy makers • organisations providing resettlement services • politicians focussing on crime issues • organisations concerned with victims of crime • voluntary sector organisations and staff FURTHER INFORMATION: Venue: University of Leicester Date: 7 December Contact: bscresettlement@aol.com Tel: 020 8223 7829

105/05 HMP STYAL FAX NUMBER
Please note the number below for all faxes to HMP Styal in Cheshire, regarding suicide and self-harm matters. Fax number: 01625 553247

106/05 INTERMITTENT CUSTODY ESTABLISHMENTS – NUMBER CHANGE
The numbers listed on page 11 of PC 53/2005 are now superseded by the following: Kirkham: Telephone: 01772 675712 (Direct Line) 01772 675400 (General Switchboard) 01772 675713 (IC Centre Fax) Morton Hall: Telephone: 01522 666845 (Direct Line) 01522 666700 (General Switchboard) 01522 666844 (IC Centre Fax) Staff are asked to use these numbers in future for contacting the Intermittent Custody Establishments.

109/05 NPD DIARY
November 1st

3rd & 4th

8th 9th

107/05 APPOINTMENTS
A successful candidate has not been identified for the post of Chief Executive for the National Offender Management Service vacated by Martin Narey. From Monday 14 November, Helen Edwards (Director General of the Home Office Communities Group and formerly the Director of Nacro) will be the interim NOMS Chief Executive. The vacancy will be re-advertised.

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15th

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Annual Sentencers/Probation Conference, Devizes Corn Exchange, Wiltshire NPS Disabled Staff Support Network Inaugural Conference, Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire Home Secretary’s visit to Nottinghamshire Probation HQ NE/NW Chief Officers Regional Challenge/Dialogue, Malmaison, Piccadilly, Manchester Chief Officers meeting, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great Peter Street, London National MAPPA Conference, The New Connaught Rooms, Covent Gardens, London “Preparing Business Capabilities for Commissioning” event for Chiefs and Chairs, The City Inn, Westminster

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15th – 17th 16th

16th 17th

17th 17th 21st 24th

28th – 29th

National Consortia Conference, Hilton Hotel, Gateshead YH/EM Chief Officers Regional Challenge/Dialogue, Royal York Hotel, North Yorkshire Workload Measurement Tool, Senior Management Team Workshop, London Workload Measurement Tool, Senior Management Team Workshop, Wakefield or Leeds National Consortium Directors CLAN Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Gateshead Chairs Meeting, The Methodist Central Hall, Westminster Workload Measurement Tool, Train the Trainer event, London Workload Measurement Tool, Senior Management Team Workshop, Llandrindod Wells NPS Service Delivery Conference, Queens Hotel, Leeds

PC79

PC80

PC81 PC82 PC83 PC84 PC85 PC86

Prolific and Other Priority Offenders (PPOs): Summary of Actions and Monitoring Arrangements Drug Rehabilitation Requirements: (1) National Standards Correction; (2) Information for Judges Assistive Technology Update Monitoring of Risk of Harm The Implication of the Offender Management Model for Service Delivery Structures NOMIS Rollout Schedules and Change Control Procedures Sex Offender Programmes – Management Update Business Planning Priorities and Indicative Targets 2006-07

Other Publications: Probation Bench Handbook NPS leaflet – Who we are, What we do MAPPA leaflet – Preventing Serious Harm NPS Performance Report 17 Interventions News Issue 21 Interventions News IAPS Update Prisons & Probation Ombudsman Annual Report HMIC Police Force Structures Report Workforce Information Report Issue 8 CJS in Brief Issue 6 NOMS Publications: Please visit: www.noms.homeoffice.gov.uk NOMS Update No 6 NOMS Update No 7

December 1st

1st

2nd 6th

13th – 14th

SE/EE Chief Officers Regional Challenge/Dialogue, 1 Great Peter Street, London Workload Measurement Tool, Senior Management Team Workshop, Manchester Nottinghamshire Employer Conference, Lakeside, Arnold, Nottingham Estates and Facilities Management Contract Retender Chief and Chairs Conference, venue tbc National Consortium Directors CLAN Meeting, Horseferry House, London

110/05 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2005: PC76 PC77 PC78 Oral Hearings: Further Guidance Monitoring of PPO and High/Very High Risk of Harm Cases Community Order Completion and Progress Report to Court

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