To give details of the Regional Validation Events for the validation of Enhanced Community Punishment.

Probation Circular
REFERENCE NO: 57/2004 ISSUE DATE: 16 December 2004 IMPLEMENTATION DATE: Immediate EXPIRY DATE: March 2005 TO: Chairs of Probation Boards Chief Officers of Probation Secretaries of Probation Boards CC: Regional Managers Regional What Works managers Board Treasurers AUTHORISED BY: Sarah Mann, Head of Interventions; Roger McGarva, Head of Regions and Performance Management ATTACHED: N/A

Chief Officers should: • Ensure that the appropriate staff attend the event • Provide evidence in relation to the identified criteria.

The second phase of the quality management of Enhanced Community Punishment involves a series of regional validation events where evidence for specific criteria will be validated.


Janet Corcoran, Enhanced Community Punishment Programme Manager, Room 253 Tel: 020 7217 8877 Email: Janet.Corcoran@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

National Probation Directorate
Horseferry House, Dean Ryle Street, London, SW1P 2AW General Enquiries: 020 7217 0659 Fax: 020 7217 0660

Enforcement, rehabilitation and public protection

Dates for Regional Validation Events

Tuesday 25 January Tuesday 1 February Tuesday 8 February Tuesday 15 February Thursday 17 February Tuesday 22 February Thursday 24 February Tuesday 1 March Thursday 3 March Tuesday 15 March

East Midlands East of England South East Wales North West North East London South West West Midlands Yorkshire and Humberside

Venues for these events are currently being organised and details will follow. The cost of venues and refreshments will be met by NPD and this will include an overnight stay where travelling distances make this necessary. A full progamme will be prepared and distributed by mid January. Participation: It is expected that each area will send at least 3 representatives from their area self-assessment team. This can be adjusted dependent upon the size of the area and as a guideline, areas should consider 5 for metropolitan areas and 10 for London. Details of representatives should be submitted to the relevant Regional What Works Manager, and to Janet Corcoran, ECP Programme Manager, by Friday 7 January 2005. Programme for the day Consideration is currently being given to the precise format of the day and a programme will be distributed in January. The day will begin at 9.30am and run until 4.30pm and will be chaired by an NPD representative. PC31/2004 included the self-assessment forms and guidance. All areas are asked to provide the evidence for the self assessment score for the following criteria:B2 B5 B6 C3 D2 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 Resources and facilities for work placements (Mandatory) Avoidance of cancellation or disruption to sessions (Important) Timeliness (Important) Assessment of offender suitability (Mandatory) Guided Skills Learning (Mandatory) Highly valuable reparation work for local communities (Mandatory) Taxpayers receive excellent value for money from the ECP Scheme (Mandatory) ECP Scheme Offender compliance (Mandatory) ECP Scheme has been beneficial for offenders (Mandatory) Staff ownership of the scheme (Mandatory) Maximising inclusion (Important)

Section E has already been thoroughly evidenced by area file reading exercises. Reporting Once the validation events are completed a local report will be prepared giving the quality rating. A national report will be prepared and presented to the Accreditation Panel in April 2005.

PC57/2004 - Quality Management of Enhanced Community Punishment