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One To One
Information for Sentencers
What is One To One? One To One is a General Offending Programme – one of several independently accredited programmes for use in England & Wales. Accredited Offending Behaviour programmes are part of the Probation Service’s What Works initiative, which aims to reduce general reconviction rates by providing types of supervision for offenders which are based on research and sound evidence. These approaches or ‘programmes’ are effective in changing the way offenders think and behave. One To One is designed to be delivered on an individual basis, which may be more suitable for certain offenders. It consists of 20 sessions in addition to one pre-programme session. Who is it for? One To One is aimed at offenders within the medium/high risk of reconviction group because available evidence indicates that it is most effective with these groups. One To One is often appropriate for offenders who are unable to participate effectively in a group setting. Programme content One To One is based on the principle that how offenders think will affect how they behave. Research has shown that many persistent offenders demonstrate poor decision making and weak problem solving skills. They can often act impulsively with little thought of the consequences for themselves or others. Through a series of structured exercises the programme teaches offenders to examine their own behaviour and make more informed choices about their actions. Issues that One To One tackles are: • Lack of problem solving skills – Often offenders do not recognise or anticipate problems, or they fail to consider alternative forms of action. The programme can challenge these rigid thought processes. The programme approaches problem solving as a skill which everyone can learn and which can be applied to different situations. It enables offenders to see how their behaviour often works to their own disadvantage in the long term, how it can harm their families and the victims of their crimes. • Poor social skills – A large proportion of offences either occur in groups or are perpetrated by groups acting together. Poor social skills often result in inappropriate behaviour which can be manifested in aggression, violence or hostility. The programme teaches the offender how to counter or resist pressure from others. • Poor personal control – Some offences appear to have been committed on impulse. When such offences are examined carefully, it is often possible to identify the thinking that allowed someone to behave in such a way. The programme tackles these problems and teaches selfmanagement skills to enable offenders to think about things differently. Diversity The National Probation Service recognises that women, minority ethnic offenders, those with a disability or other special needs may have additional issues. These issues will be fully addressed in order that they derive maximum benefit from One To One.
The programme is approved as an additional requirement of a Community Rehabilitation Order or a Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order in accordance with the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. Supervision of the order will begin immediately and commencement of the groupwork programme will be with the first available place following appearance in court.

Attendance at the full programme of 20 sessions and 1 pre-programme session is monitored in accordance with Home Office standards. Any breach of attendance or conditions will be dealt with appropriately and may see the offender returned to court.

National Probation Directorate

National Probation Service for England and Wales
This programme has been accredited by the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel (CSAP) for use in England and Wales (2001).

NPD/042/2002