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Probation

Circular

IMPLEMENTATION PLANS FOR


REFERENCE NO:
INTERNET SEX OFFENDER 18/2006
TREATMENT PROGRAMME (i-SOTP)
ISSUE DATE:
PURPOSE 15 May 2006
1. To instruct Areas to prepare an Implementation Plan to run the new
Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme. IMPLEMENTATION DATE:
2. To identify staff who could be trained to run the i-SOTP 29 May 2006
3. To identify staff who could be trained as Regional I-SOTP Trainers
EXPIRY DATE:
ACTION April 2008
1. Senior Managers with responsibility for Sex Offender Programmes
TO:
should complete the Implementation Plan template. (Annex A) and
return to NPD by 31st July 2006 Chairs of Probation Boards
2. EPTM’s have been notified of the initial training dates for i-SOTP. Chief Officers of Probation
Nominations from Areas should be submitted to John Richards, Secretaries of Probation Boards
Midlands Training & Development Consortium as soon as possible.
CC:
Preference will be given in the first instance to those staff identified
as possible future i-SOTP Regional Trainers. Board Treasurers
Regional Managers
SUMMARY
AUTHORISED BY:
The i-SOTP was approved for national implementation by the Correctional
Services Accreditation Panel in December 2005. A national Implementation John Scott,
seminar was held on 10th February 2006 which alerted staff to the Head of Public Protection &
Licensed Release Unit
requirement for an Implementation Plan. Areas will need to identify the
expected number of offenders, the format in which the programme will be
ATTACHED:
run, the staff training needs and other programme requirements.
Annex A - Implementation Plan
Encouragement is given to Areas to collaborate to produce a Regional Plan template
for implementation wherever possible. This will be particularly useful in Annex B - List of relevant offences
identifying staff who can be trained as future Regional Trainers for the i-
SOTP to support the longer term implementation of this programme.

RELEVANT PREVIOUS PROBATION CIRCULARS


PC20/2005, PC92/2005

CONTACT FOR ENQUIRIES


David.Middleton2@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or
Elizabeth.Hayes6@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Contact for Training places
John.Richards@staffordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk

National Probation Directorate


Abell House, John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4LH
1. The new Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme (i-SOTP) was approved by the Correctional services
Accreditation Panel for national implementation in December 2005. PC92/2005 gave details of the programme
and of the Implementation Seminar which was held on 10th February 2006 and was attended by all Probation
Areas.

2. The i-SOTP is focussed specifically on offences related to the downloading of child abuse images from the
internet (see Annex B for full list of offences). Offenders assessed as Low deviance and Low, medium and high
risk are eligible for the programme. Offenders assessed as High Deviance should be referred to one of the
existing sex offender treatment programmes. As a guide approximately 70 – 80% of internet offenders are
expected to be suitable for the i-SOTP.

3. The i-SOTP can be delivered either as a 1-1 Format or in a Group Format. Sessions can be delivered either once
or twice weekly. Therefore it is possible to complete the i-SOTP in four or nine months according to the Format
used and rate of delivery, both of which are at the discretion of the Area Programme Manager.

4. The i-SOTP allows for some differentiation in which exercises are used, dependent on the identified treatment
needs of the offender. In order to obtain this assessment it is essential that the Sex Offender Psychometric
Scoring System (SOPSSys) is used in every Area. (Contact Rebecca.Mandeville-Norden@devon-
cornwall.probation.gsi.gov.uk for further information on SOPSSys).

5. As is the usual practice when introducing a new accredited programme it is necessary for each Area to consider
each of the elements which lead to effective programmes and produce an Implementation Plan based on the
needs and resources of the Area. A template for the Implementation Plan is attached at Annex A. Areas should
complete this process by 31st July 2006 and return to Elizabeth.Hayes6@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or by hard copy
to Elizabeth Hayes at NOMS/NPD Public Protection Unit.

6. There is an existing target of 1200 SOTP completions for 2006/07 and i-SOTP completions will count towards this
target. However in 2007/08 it will be necessary to identify a separate target for i-SOTP completions, to avoid the
possibility of Areas providing only the shorter i-sotp rather than the generic sex offender programmes at the
required level. Programmes.

7. Arrangements for i-SOTP Training

i-SOTP training roll-out starts with 3 Facilitator training events

15th – 17th May 2006


12th – 14th June 2006
27th – 29th June 2006

In order to help Areas to kick-start the programme implementation we will be training 30 people per event on
these first three courses giving a total of 90 places (subsequent courses will be for 20 people).

Places are to be allocated across Regions to ensure that by end of the first raft of training all Regions will have
had access to up to 9 places per Region. However where possible Regions should use these places for those
who would be suitable for the I-SOTP Training the Trainers events scheduled for September and October
2006 to help Regions/Areas to have in-house facilitator training available to give greater flexibility and speed up
the roll-out of the i-SOTP.

8. As discussed at the Implementation Seminar people can be i-SOTP trainers as long as they have good trainer
skills already proven on SOGP or other offending behaviour programmes training. It is likely that some people will
not have delivered the full i-SOTP course by the time they train to become a trainer. However people should have
delivered at least 50% of the i-SOTP (group or one to one) before putting themselves forward to be a trainer.

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Before actually delivering the i-SOTP training they should have delivered 100% of the programme.

The first Training the Trainer event is scheduled for 28 and 29 Sept. 2006 and will be for up to 20 people. A
second T x T event will be held on 19 and 20 Oct 2006. This will allow for up to 40 people to be trained to deliver
the i-SOTP training by the end of 2006, which should make for an adequate pool of trainers to take the
programme forward into 2007.

The TxT events will not be assessed, but people will need to be observed for quality assurance in the field before
being formally accredited as i-SOTP trainers.

9. At the Implementation Seminar, Areas were very keen to start the i-SOTP and some were requesting being able
to start running it with only one facilitator trained while the other waits to be trained. Unfortunately this will not be
acceptable and we have instead sought to help Areas by increasing the number of places on the first three
courses.

Please note that the further i-SOTP facilitator training events in 2006 are scheduled for 25-27 September, 23-25 October
and 27-29 November, for those facilitators who do not attend the first raft of training before the summer.

The Midlands Training Consortium; John Richards and colleagues, are organising the training events. Please contact
them as soon as possible to book places.

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Annex A

Outline template Project Plan for the Implementation of Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme (i-SOTP)

Projected targets and completions


Estimated completion rate (Guide 20% of male
convicted sex offenders are internet related)
Estimated number of offender throughput
i.e. number in group at any one time for 2006/07
Area arrangements
Details of sites, accommodation, equipment etc. Video
monitoring, storage
Plans to ensure group delivery is not disrupted /
cancelled
How facilitators will be recruited and offender managers
identified.
ADP issues. Arrangement for ethnic minority offenders.
Arrangements for offenders who are employed.
Arrangements for offenders not suitable for group.
Links with Criminal Justice Boards; MAPPA, C&D P,
ACPC/Safeguarding Children;
Arrangements for access to a range of supporting
services, e.g. substance misuse, medication for deviant
sexual fantasy modification, links to Psychology &
Psychiatry

Risk Management Process – e.g.


Links with ACPC/Safeguarding children

i-SOTP Implementation Plan


Links with MAPPA
• Information exchange arrangements
• Local Interagency risk management arrangements
• OASys; Rm2000;
Use of IAPS - Arrangements for recording information
on IAPS
Arrangements for basic skill screening and supporting
under confidence.

Plans for which staff will administer, score and interpret


pre and post programme psychometric tests using
SOPSSys + store material
Leadership
Support and involvement of senior managers.
How the programme fits in an integrated model of
delivery
Who is responsible for doing what by when?
Diagram of staffing structure for programme , roles and
responsibilities of each
Policy and guidance
Links to business plans/ target achievement
How contract with voluntary organisation s will be
managed
Links with other key business functions

How does this fit with other agency or local policies and
strategies?

Links to the service business plan and other strategic

i-SOTP Implementation Plan


documents, e.g. NPS SO Strategy

Links to other programmes for referral of high deviance


cases

Obstacles to programme implementation


Need to build capacity within financial pressures.
Turnover of staff - Any initial plans for recruitment and
retention of facilitators male and female
Links with regional issues
Description of any collaborative arrangements across the
regions
Stakeholders / partners and communication
internal/ external
Arrangements with partnership agencies where
appropriate.
Confidentiality; information exchange; performance
management ; terms of reference, for partnership
contract
Links to relevant protocols and policies – e.g. police;
local Interagency Risk Management arrangements
Communication with sentencers, solicitors, outside
agencies, etc.
Plans to ensure all key stake holders are clear, re how i-
SOTP differs from the existing sex offender programme
where appropriate
Plans for reporting back information to staff, sentencers,
etc.
Communication with area staff

i-SOTP Implementation Plan


Monitoring and review
Plans for use and feedback of data e.g.
Offender feedback surveys
Plans to prepare for audit process/ storage of evaluation
materials
Integration of IAPS
Monitoring starts and completions
Ethnic minority offender take up and attrition

Potential Risks and how will they be addressed?


(Risk assessment and contingency plans for establishing
and running the programme)

Possible risk identified/ likelihood/ impact on project/


contingency plan e.g.:
Low referral/ completion rate/plans to improve starts
and completions
Slow implementation of information exchange
protocols.
Staff resources and training plan
Summary of numbers of staff to be trained in each
category. OM; Facilitators, Treatment Managers;

Plans for increasing staff awareness.


Counselling arrangements for facilitators
Arrangements for PSR writers, e.g. generic, specialist,
semi specialist, including how their work will be quality
assured.
Arrangements for Programme Manager and Treatment
Manager tasks to be undertaken and arrangements for

i-SOTP Implementation Plan


supervision
Arrangements for training partnership agencies if
appropriate, inc. assessment centre arrangements; local
risk management Procedures
Financial resources
Facilitators (costs based on competence not grade)
Offender Managers (designated as qualified P.O. due to
responsibility for risk.)

Key Milestones and timescale


e.g.
First overall objective (why and by when) ; who is
responsible; first milestone; second milestone etc.
method of review
Second overall objective etc.

i-SOTP Implementation Plan


Annex B

Offences which trigger consideration of i-SOTP

Take or Make Indecent Photographs of Children –


Protection of Children Act 1978, section 1 and section 6 as amended by the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 84

Possession of an indecent photograph of a child –


Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 160 as amended by Criminal Justice and
Services Act 2000, section 41(3). (previously 181/06)

Causing or inciting child (prostitution or) pornography-child 13-17


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.48

Causing or inciting child (prostitution or) pornography-child under 13


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.48

Arranging or facilitating child (prostitution or) pornography –child 13-17


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.50

Arranging or facilitating child (prostitution or) pornography –child


under 13
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.50

Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography – child


13 -17
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.49

Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography – child


under 13
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.49
Annex B

Offences which trigger consideration of i-SOTP

Take or Make Indecent Photographs of Children –


Protection of Children Act 1978, section 1 and section 6 as amended by the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 84

Possession of an indecent photograph of a child –


Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 160 as amended by Criminal Justice and
Services Act 2000, section 41(3). (previously 181/06)

Causing or inciting child (prostitution or) pornography-child 13-17


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.48

Causing or inciting child (prostitution or) pornography-child under 13


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.48

Arranging or facilitating child (prostitution or) pornography –child 13-17


Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.50

Arranging or facilitating child (prostitution or) pornography –child


under 13
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.50

Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography – child


13 -17
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.49

Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography – child


under 13
Sexual Offences Act 2003 S.49