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Issue 83 23 November 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: 243/07 244/07 245/07 246/07 247/07 248/07 249/07 250/07 251/07 252/07 Guide to the Serious Further Offence Review Process Re-Release From Recall – PS1 48/2007 Integrated Probation Performance Framework 2007-08 Quarter 2 Results (IPPF 07/08 Q2 David Hanson’s Speech at the NPS Conference Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study Published (DTORS) Northamptonshire Swan Project Wins Awards VAT Guidance 2007 Approved Premises and Offender Housing Appointments Issued Recently

243/07 GUIDE TO THE SERIOUS FURTHER OFFENCE REVIEW PROCESS
This guide aims to provide information about the SFO process for staff in Probation areas, partnership agencies and others involved in offender management. The SFO process is laid out in more detail in PC41/2006 and the User Guide on EPIC. Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Public Protection>Serious Further Offences Back to the top

244/07 RE-RELEASE FROM RECALL – PS1 48/2007
Re-release following recall provisions under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have been successfully challenged by means of judicial review. As a result, recalled determinate sentence prisoners are entitled to be re-released in accordance with the re-releasing provisions that were applicable at the point the index offence was committed. A Prison Service Instruction (PSI) has been issued today to update the guidance and instructions in Prison Service Order 6000 (Parole, Release and Recall Manual). The PSI takes account of the position post the Stellato ruling and more recent High Court rulings. The PSI clarifies: • • The point at which a determinate sentence offender must be re-released from recall; Whether such re-release should be subject to probation supervision;

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If so, the point at which the licence / notice must commence and expire; Where applicable, a copy of the relevant licence(s) / “At Risk” Notice to be used, when the offender is rereleased; and The setting of additional licence conditions upon the prisoner’s re-release from recall

A forthcoming probation circular on recalls will clarify the impact on the probation service. Back to the top

245/07 INTEGRATED PROBATION PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK 2007-08 QUARTER 2 RESULTS (IPPF 07/08 Q2)
IPPF for 2007-08 Q2 is now available on EPIC. Development of the IPPF has continued during the second quarter of 2007-08 but other than the inclusion of data that is now available, there have been no material changes to the Quarter 1 version. Reducing re-offending data is now available and included for the first time as Management Information so it has no effect on the domain or overall score. Quarter 2 results show a more settled and improving picture than that in Quarter 1. Nationally, there are now no poor performing domains and Public Protection continues to give outstanding performance. One more area is showing outstanding performance than in Quarter 1 and there are four fewer poor performing areas. No areas have jumped more than 1 grade in either direction; three moved down a grade whilst 13 moved up a grade; the vast majority, 62% remained the same as in Quarter 1. Epic: Navigate from Home>Support Service>Performance Information>IPPF 07/08 Q2 Back to the top

246/07 DAVID HANSON’S SPEECH AT THE NPS CONFERENCE
The Rt Hon David Hanson’s speech to the NPS Offender Management conference delivered on Wednesday 21 November 2007 is available on EPIC. Epic: Navigate from Home>Document Library>David Hanson NPS Offender Management Speech Nov 07 Back to the top

247/07 DRUG TREATMENT OUTCOMES RESEARCH STUDY PUBLISHED (DTORS)
Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS) examines the effectiveness of drug treatment in England. Within the context of changing patterns of drug use and an expansion in criminal justice referrals, the study aims to measure the outcomes experienced by those seeking drug treatment. Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News>Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study Published Back to the top

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248/07 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE SWAN PROJECT WINS AWARD
A project in Northampton which works with substance using prostitutes has been named as the East Midlands Drug Team of the year by the Home Office. SWAN – Sex Workers around Northampton is a service aimed to provide a safe, supported and sustainable opportunity for sex workers to exit from drugs and prostitution and improve their lives for the better. The service is provided by Northampton Primary Care Trust and is supported by other agencies such as the police, probation, The Maple Access Clinic, CAN DAT and Northamptonshire PCT. SWAN offers a range of services including outreach services, drug treatment and support; help with accessing housing and benefits, support with criminal justice issues and support with the police and victim support. Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News>Northamptonshire SWAN Project wins award. Back to the top

249/07 VAT GUIDANCE 2007
Home Office Guidance Notes for determining whether VAT is recoverable is available on EPIC. Epic: Navigate from Home>Support Service>Finance>VAT Guidance 2007 Back to the top

250/07 APPROVED PREMISES AND OFFENDER HOUSING
Starting in early 2008, six Approved Premises will be piloting new arrangements for storing, handling and issuing prescribed medication to residents. The new arrangements are known as Medication in Possession (MiP). The results of the pilot will determine whether all Approved Premises adopt MiP, or whether the current arrangements should stay in place. Epic: Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Public Protection>Approved Premises and Offender Housing Back to the top

251/07 APPOINTMENTS
John Scott, who is currently the Lead Probation Manager for OM Implementation, will be moving to a new role from 1 December 2007. He has been asked by Julie Taylor, Director of Commissioning and Partnerships, to take the lead on developing the regulatory framework for prisons and probation as part of the Systems Architecture Programme. He will be based at 2 Marsham Street (Fry 3rd Floor NW). Tony Grapes will cover John’s departure on a temporary basis. Back to the top

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252/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007: PC37 Revised Procedures for Monitoring Deaths under Supervision Issued 23 November

OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic Message 074 07 4.2.3 Production and T2 Deployment Back to the top To submit items for the NPS Bulletin, or to be added to the distribution list contact: npsbulletin@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Bulletins are posted on the Epic Intranet http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk/index.htm (Navigate from Home>News & Comms>Newsletters>Bulletins) and the NPS Website www.probation.justice.gov.uk, (Navigate from Home>News & Updates>Bulletins) Issued by the NOMS Communications Unit Issued 16 November

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