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Probation

Circular

BUSINESS PLANNING 2006-07 REFERENCE NO:


PURPOSE 06/2006
To provide Chief Officers and Boards with further information on targets and
business planning for 2006-07. ISSUE DATE:
7 March 2006
ACTION
Areas and regions should take account of the information contained in this IMPLEMENTATION DATE:
circular in their planning for 2006-07 and ensure key partners, e.g. Drug 1 April 2006
Action Teams, are aware of the relevant content.
EXPIRY DATE:
SUMMARY 31 March 2007
This circular:
• provides an update on targets for 2006-07 TO:
• replaces advice given in PC 02/06 about the approval of Area Business Chairs of Probation Boards
Plans Chief Officers of Probation
• requests areas to identify all risks to their 2006-07 Business Plan and Secretaries of Probation Boards
forward the top ten risks to Ayodele.Kayode@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk by
24 March.
CC:
Board Treasurers
RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS
Regional Managers
PC 86/2005: Business Planning Priorities and Indicative Targets 2006-07
PC 02/2006: Business Planning 2006-07
AUTHORISED BY:
Roger McGarva, Head of Regions
CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES
& Performance
Ed.Stradling@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk (Tel: 020 7217 0758).

National Probation Directorate


Horseferry House, Dean Ryle Street, London, SW1P 2AW
Targets

Areas should use the targets and measures issued by NPD in their business planning for 2006-07.

An updated table of targets and measures for 2006-07 is set out in the table at Annexe A. This also indicates which
targets will make up the Weighted Scorecard and the weightings that will apply.

As explained in PC 02/06, the formula for allocating targets by area is made up of two components: one third is calculated
using the 2006/07 basic budget formula and two thirds using projected starts for 2005/06. This change from an approach
based solely on budget share is intended to enable an easier transition towards delivery being more closely linked to
offender need as envisaged by NOMS.

Areas should note that the total completions target for DTTOs/DRRs has increased to 5,000. As part of the Government’s
Drug Strategy, Ministers want further increases in the number of starts and completions, so a more stretching target has
been set for completions than last year. We are aware that the revised targets are being issued after the annual
treatment plans have been completed. Areas are however reminded that the DTTO/DRR target has only ever been
issued as an indicative target and it is expected that treatment providers will do all they can to ensure all offenders
complete their DTTOs/DRRs successfully.

As with DTTOs, funding for DRRs in 2006-07, including any related accredited programmes, has been via a central
NOMS contribution of £42m to the Department of Health Pooled Treatment Budget. Probation areas continue to have
discretion as to how they apportion their target between their local DATS.

The National Treatment Agency supports the increased target. It is consistent with the greater emphasis on retention and
successful treatment outcomes promoted by the NTA treatment effectiveness strategy and local partners should work
together to deliver the DRR targets as an integral part of addressing all drug treatment needs.

The indicative area breakdown for DTTO/DRR completions is shown in Annexe B alongside those for basic skills (as
provided in PC 86/05) and for unpaid work and accredited programme completions (as per PC 02/06).

As stated in the earlier circulars, these area targets are indicative: they will be revised in mid-May when full-year figures
for actual starts are available – with the exception of those for basic skills and DRR starts which are based solely on the
funding formula.

The employment target is still the subject of discussions with NOMS. We hope to be able to finalise this soon.

For 2007-08 NPD will explore with ROMs the possibility of targets being set on a regional basis. This will allow areas to
negotiate their share of the regional target in a process that will fully involve the ROMs.

Area Plans

PC 02/06 stated that areas would be expected to produce a plan setting out the work they would be undertaking in 2006-
07 and the timescales for it, but that they would not be required to submit it for approval to NPD. However, that advice
did not take account of the requirements under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 for area plans to be
approved by the NPD. It will therefore be necessary for area plans to be approved on behalf of the NPD by the Regional
Manager. This will be done in a ‘light touch’ way.

Risk Management

Areas should identify all risks to their 2006-07 Business Plan and forward details of their 10 key risks (Risk Register)
to Ayodele Kayode (Corporate Risk Manager, NPD) using information previously provided in Annex A of PC 86/2005.

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Annexe A

NPS Performance Targets and Measures 2006-07

Business Plan Performance Target/ Measure Weighted


Priority Scorecard
Status
1. Contribute to Performance Target 14 Weighting = 10
the Development Staff sickness not to exceed an average of 9 days per member of staff per
of NOMS year

2. Protecting the Performance Target 1 Weighting = 10


Public from 90% of risk of harm full analyses, risk management plans and OASys
Harm sentence plans on high/very high risk of harm offenders are completed within
5 working days of the commencement of the order or release into the
community

Performance Target 2 Not in Weighted


85% of victims to be contacted within 8 weeks of an offender receiving 12 or Scorecard
more months’ imprisonment for a serious sexual or violent offence

3. Develop a new Performance Target 3 Weighting = 10


service delivery 90% of risk of harm screenings/full analyses (as appropriate) and OASys
model sentence plans completed on Prolific and other Priority Offenders (PPOs)
within 5 working days of the commencement of the order or release into the
community

4. Implementing Performance Target 4 Weighting = 10


the 2003 Criminal 90% of PSRs to be completed within the required time, i.e.
Justice Act o on the day requested for fast delivery PSRs to magistrates’ courts;
o within 15 working days for standard delivery PSRs to magistrates’
courts, except where the offender is remanded in custody in which
case the timescale is 10 working days;
o by the date set by the commissioning court for Crown Courts

Performance Measure 1 Not in weighted


40% of court reports to be fast delivery scorecard

Performance Target 5 Weighting = 10


50,000 successful completions of Unpaid Work

Performance Target 6 Weighting = 10


Initiate breach proceedings in accordance with National Standards within 10
working days in 90% of cases

Performance Target 7 Weighting = 7


Compliance: the proportion of arranged appointments which the offender
attends in the first 26 weeks (target % to be determined after quarter 1
results become available)
Performance Measure 2 Weighting = 3
Compliance: the proportion of cases that reach the six months stage without
requiring breach action (no second unacceptable failure to comply with an
order, no third unacceptable failure to comply with a licence) (target % to be
determined as for PT 7 above

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Performance Measure 3 Not in weighted
Compliance: the average number of acceptable failures to attend scorecard
appointments in orders and licences during the first 26 weeks

Performance Measure 4 Not in weighted


Compliance: the proportion of orders and licences that terminate successfully scorecard

5. Implementing Performance Measure 5 Not in weighted


the National Accommodation: to be determined scorecard
Delivery Plan on
Reducing Re- Performance Target 8 Weighting = 5
offending Skills for life: 48,000 starts

Performance Target 9 Weighting = 7


Employment: to be determined

Performance Measure 6 Not in weighted


Employment (supporting measure to PT 9): to be determined scorecard

Performance Target 10 Weighting = 10


5,000 successful DTTO/DRR completions

Performance Measure 7 Not in weighted


16,000 DTTO/DRR commencements scorecard

Performance Measure 8 Not in weighted


90% of first contacts on DTTOs/DRRs arranged with (a) the probation scorecard
service for within one working day and (b) with the treatment provider for
within two working days

Performance Target 11 Weighting = 10


17,500 accredited programme completions including 1,200 sex offender
treatment programme completions and 1,200 domestic violence programme
completions

Performance Measure 9 Not in weighted


Percentage of offenders starting an accredited programme out of the total scorecard
number of programme requirements

Performance Measure 10 Not in weighted


Percentage of offenders completing an accredited programme out of the total scorecard
who attend the first session

6. Ensure Performance Target 12 Not in weighted


compliance with Regionally set employment targets for minority ethnic staff scorecard
legislation and
embed equality Performance Target 13 Weighting = 10
and diversity in 95% of ethnic monitoring data on staff and offenders is returned on time and
the NPS using the correct (Census 2001) classifications.

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Annexe B
National Probation Service: Indicative Area Targets 2006-07

Domestic
Accredited Sex Offender Violence
Programme Programme Programme Basic Skills DTTO/DRR DTTO/DRR Unpaid Work4
1
Region Area Completions1 Completions2 Completions2 Starts3 Starts3 1
Completions Completions
West Midlands Staffordshire 360 939 313 97 957
Warwickshire 150 366 122 34 367
West Mercia 345 871 290 85 920
West Midlands 1,062 3,197 1,066 326 2,978
West Midlands Total 1,917 156 40 5,373 1,791 542 5,222
North East County Durham 234 651 217 51 526
Northumbria 688 1,553 518 133 1,332
Teesside 245 755 252 81 718
North East Total 1,167 59 92 2,959 987 265 2,576
East of England Bedfordshire 171 478 159 49 480
Cambridgeshire 185 536 179 53 679
Essex 417 1,127 376 102 1,215
Hertfordshire 192 645 215 65 660
Norfolk 234 646 215 48 747
Suffolk 186 497 166 35 552
East of England Total 1,385 116 100 3,929 1,310 352 4,332
North West Cheshire 236 809 270 54 836
Cumbria 157 445 148 35 555
Greater Manchester 1,431 2,884 961 344 3,578
Lancashire 586 1,425 475 165 1,372
Merseyside 686 1,737 579 197 1,628
North West Total 3,096 187 212 7,300 2,433 795 7,969
East Midlands Derbyshire 320 852 284 76 1,016
Leicestershire & Rutland 358 842 281 89 1,097
Lincolnshire 284 510 170 59 509
Northamptonshire 191 533 178 62 523
Nottinghamshire 261 1,099 366 144 1,316
East Midlands Total 1,414 67 56 3,836 1,279 430 4,460
Yorkshire & Humberside 303 949 316 110 1,020
Humberside North Yorkshire 218 532 177 67 647
South Yorkshire 551 1,438 479 144 1,443
West Yorkshire 871 2,349 783 243 2,453
Yorkshire & Humberside Total 1,943 130 207 5,268 1,756 564 5,563
South East Hampshire 496 1,375 458 99 1,747
Kent 370 1,235 412 125 1,418
Surrey 204 511 170 53 569
Sussex 381 1,011 337 100 1,048
Thames Valley 452 1,316 439 164 1,478
South East Total 1,903 192 114 5,448 1,816 541 6,260
South West Avon & Somerset 439 1,134 378 129 1,074
Devon & Cornwall 461 1,177 392 112 1,137
Dorset 187 459 153 48 475
Gloucestershire 166 393 131 38 382
Wiltshire 109 435 145 53 415
South West Total 1,362 146 153 3,598 1,199 380 3,482
London London 2,164 96 204 7,278 2,426 813 7,029
Wales Dyfed-Powys 129 420 140 48 371
Gwent 202 632 211 68 598
North Wales 281 601 200 59 672
South Wales 538 1,358 453 143 1,464
Wales Total 1,150 52 23 3,011 1,004 318 3,106
England & Wales 17,500 1,200 1,200 48,000 16,000 5,000 50,000

1
Targets based on 1/3 share of 2006-07 basic budget formula and 2/3 projected 2005-06 starts
2
Regional targets based on 1/3 share budget and 2/3 actual programme requirements made in relevant areas
3
Targets based on share of basic budget formula
4
Includes CPOs and CPROs

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