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REDUCING RE-OFFENDING NATIONAL ACTION PLAN
PURPOSE
To provide information and guidance about the Reducing Re-offending National Action Plan.

Probation Circular
REFERENCE NO: 48/2004 ISSUE DATE: 20 August 2004 IMPLEMENTATION DATE: Immediate EXPIRY DATE: August 2009 TO: Chairs of Probation Boards Chief Officers of Probation Secretaries of Probation Boards Regional Managers CC: Board Treasurers

ACTION
Regional Managers should ensure that work with Prison Service and others to develop Rehabilitation Strategies by 1st April 2005 is linked through the Annual Planning Process to work on actions by Areas. Chief Officers should ensure that actions to support the Plan are linked through the Annual Planning Process to developing Rehabilitation Strategies.

SUMMARY

The Reducing Re-offending National Action Plan was published on the 19th July 2004. The Plan contains over 60 actions for delivery at National, Regional and Area level. Whilst many of the points address the particular difficulties of resettling ex-prisoners, the Plan also includes wider work to address re-offending by those sentenced in the community. The Plan is available on the Home Office web site at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/sentencing/rehabilitation/index.html Progress on delivery will be monitored through a National Delivery Board chaired by the Chief Executive of NOMS and by inter-Departmental SubBoards. Further guidance will be produced as Sub-Boards are established and begin work. In the meantime, Probation Regions should continue to work with the Prison Service and others towards having comprehensive Rehabilitation Strategies in place by 1st April 2005, and Regions and Areas should link relevant work through the Annual Planning Process

AUTHORISED BY: Sarah Mann, Head of Interventions ATTACHED: N/A

RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS
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CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES
Steve Pitts, National Resettlement Manager, Room 210 Horseferry House. Tel: 020 7217 0682. Email: steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Martin Copsey, Head of Community Reintegration, Room 254, Horseferry House. Tel: 020 7217 8076. E-mail: martin.copsey@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

BACKGROUND
The Reducing Re-offending National Action Plan (RRNAP) was published on the 19th July 2004. The Plan fulfils the Government’s commitment to reducing re-offending through greater strategic direction and joined-up working. The Plan aims to address concerns raised in a number of important reports on the theme of rehabilitation including the Social Exclusion Report Reducing Re-offending by Ex-prisoners and the joint report Through the Prison Gate by HM Chief Inspectors of Prison and of Probation. The Plan contains over 60 actions for delivery at National level and by Regions and Areas. These actions have been agreed across Government, covering all key areas, or “pathways”, such as housing, employment, education, training, health and finance, to support the rehabilitation of offenders. Actions include the requirement for each region and Wales to establish Rehabilitation Strategies by 1st April 2005, together with national, regional and Area actions on individual rehabilitation “pathways”. Most actions require work jointly with others. Regional strategies in England, for example, require joint work with the Prison Service in conjunction with Government Office and a range of Government Departments and others. A complementary approach is being developed in Wales, led by the Correctional Services and the Welsh Assembly - more detailed guidance will support the development of the Plan in Wales. Whilst many of the points address the particular difficulties of re-settling ex-prisoners, the Plan also includes wider work to address re-offending by offenders sentenced in the community.

ACCESSING THE ACTION PLAN
The Plan is available on the Home Office web site at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/justice/sentencing/rehabilitastion/index.html. A fuller reference version is available at the same address and contains additional background information and examples of promising practice.

FURTHER HARD COPIES IF REQUIRED CAN BE OBTAINED FROM: CAROLINE SMITH, TEL 0207 273 3407, E-MAIL CAROLINE.SMITH@HOMEOFFICE.GSI.GOV.UK
Action required The document is intended to provide an overview for those working with offenders, including our partners, mapping the way forward within each of the pathways at a national, regional and local level. It does not fully reflect the important work which is under way locally, but does suggest ways in which partners can engage in this. Chief Officers will therefore wish to review the report and ensure that work at Area level to promote rehabilitation, including work with partners, is linked to the Plan and through the annual Planning Process to developing rehabilitation strategies in the English regions and Wales. Regional Managers will want to ensure that work in progress with Prison Service and others to develop rehabilitation strategies in regions and Wales by 1st April 2005, takes account of the plan and is linked through the Annual Planning Process to Area work on actions. Monitoring Progress on delivering the Plan will be monitored through a National Delivery Board chaired by the Chief Executive of NOMS. A number of inter-Departmental Sub-Boards are being established with responsibility for overseeing progress on particular pathways. They will provide an important means of ensuring multi-agency responsibility for delivery and will mostly be chaired by members of other Government departments. The Sub-Board structure is set out in the 2004 Reducing Re-offending Delivery Plan (which they will also monitor) and includes boards for Accommodation, Employment and Skills, Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Offender Management, and Intervention Effectiveness. Further guidance on monitoring will be developed as the sub-Boards are established. It is anticipated that Regional Offender Managers (ROMs) will in due course take responsibility for delivery.

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Contacts The following are the main NPD contacts for Action Plan pathways and strategies and are available for discussion and support: Accommodation Employment, Training and Education Finance, Benefits an d Debt Drugs and Alcohol Health Children and Families of Offenders Attitudes, Thinking and Behaviour Diversity Strategy Regional strategies Work with Juvenile Offenders RRNAP – Overall co-ordination Steve Pitts Martin Copsey Steve Pitts Len Cheston Anne Williams Zoe McLean Steve Pitts Meg Blumsom Diane Baderin Steve Pitts Claire Wiggins Steve Pitts 020 7217- 0682 “ “ 8076 “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ 0682/ 8448 0768 8565 0682 0673 0739 0682 8780 0682 Steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Martin.copsey@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Len.cheston@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Anne.williams@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Zoe.mclean@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Meg.blumsom@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Diane.baderin2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Claire.wiggins3@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Steve.pitts@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

In addition, colleagues in Adult Offenders Rehabilitation Unit (AORU) are available to support work on regional strategies and information exchange/communication (same e-mail configuration as above): Patricia Best Quentin Miller tel: 07876 478 688 tel: 020 7273 2001

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