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AREA POLICY: 11/06

              APPROVED PREMISES
1.   POLICY STATEMENT

     Approved Premises are a criminal justice facility where offenders reside for the
     purpose of assessment, supervision and management, in the interests of
     protecting the public, reducing reoffending and promoting rehabilitation. (PC
     37/05). The core purpose of Approved Premises is the provision of enhanced
     supervision as a contribution to the management of offenders who pose a
     significant risk of harm to the public.

     Cheshire Probation Area has two Approved Premises providing a total of 44
     bedspaces for ambulant males aged 18+. Within the N.W region there are
     Approved Premises that can accommodate women, people requiring
     wheelchair access or those with specific mental health needs.

     Eligibility for the Approved Premises will be determined on the basis of risk of
     harm posed by an individual to the community, as assessed by OASys, and a
     clear plan of work to be undertaken whilst in residence. All referrals will be
     taken solely on the basis that they meet the risk and workplan requirements
     identified and will be monitored to ensure they are applied in a non
     discriminatory way.

     There is a Ministerially imposed restriction on admission policy at Bunbury
     House in Ellesmere Port that excludes the residence of offenders who have
     committed any sexual offence against a child under 16.(PC 26/06)



2.   AIM
     The purpose of this policy is to ensure all staff are aware of the role and
     function of Approved Premises and are made aware of their responsibilities for
     offenders in residence. It seeks to describe and clarify a facility that provides a




ADOPTION BY BOARD:                         Date: 22.7.07      AMT & BOARD
RESPONSIBLE SENIOR MANAGER:                C Edwards          DISTRIBUTION
IMPLEMENTATION:                            Date 22.7.07
NEXT REVIEW:                               Date:June 09

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     safe environment for all residents and reduces harm to the community through
     strictly enforced conditions in orders and by creating opportunities for
     offenders to learn skills and alternative ways to behave, that do not involve
     offending.

3.   OBJECTIVES

     To set out admissions criteria for offenders to Approved Premises and provide
     an example of the referral proforma with guidance. (See Supporting
     Statements 7.2 and 7.4).

     To give guidance to Offender Managers and Approved Premises staff with
     regard to the sharing of information and management of offenders outside of
     normal working hours. (See Supporting Statement 7.3).

     To illustrate the process for assessing the impact of Approved Premises
     provision on staff and offenders taking into account age, gender and race.
     (See Supporting Statement 7.1).

     To state the purpose of Approved Premises following issue of the National
     Strategy (PC 37/05). (See Supporting Statement 7.2).

     To give guidance to Offender Managers and Approved Premises staff to
     ensure successful delivery of sentence plans. (See Supporting Statements 7.1
     and 7.6).

     To provide information regarding Approved Premises Rules. (See Supporting
     Statement 7.5).

     To provide details of the contents of the Approved Premises Handbook and
     how to access the information. (See Supporting Statement 7.7).


4.   RESULTS & RISK
     Targets in relation to performance against national standards and customer
     results will be detailed in the Cheshire Area Business Plan.

     Risks in relation to service delivery rely on high quality assessments at the
     point of referral and review on admission. These are monitored through
     Quality Assurance of OASys and high risk audits as detailed in the Area’s
     Assessment and Management of Risk of Harm policy. Planned interventions
     as part of sentence plans must be explicit to facilitate successful completion of
     residence.

     Risks in relation to health and safety will be assessed at monthly intervals and
     the audits recorded and actions followed up. Specialist risk assessments to be
     undertaken by facilities contractors or external agencies e.g. Crown Estates
     fire inspectors. Statistical returns are currently compiled with Race and Ethnic
     monitoring data. Disability monitoring will be included once the terms of
     monitoring have been agreed with NOMS.

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       Result (target/outcome)        Source of monitoring/Evaluation   Reporting arrangement
       90% occupancy across           National Standards monitoring     Reported monthly to
       both Approved premises                                           NOMS broken down by
                                                                        REM codes,disability,age
                                                                        and risk
       90% satisfactory               National Standards monitoring     Reported monthly to
       completion                                                       NOMS broken down by
                                                                        REM codes,disability,age
                                                                        and risk
       Evidence of fair               Internal AP collection of data    Analysis of referrals
       implementation of referral                                       accepted vs referrals made
       criteria                                                         broken down by REM
                                                                        codes,disability,age and
                                                                        risk
       Overall satisfaction           Stakeholder satisfaction survey   Results collated by REM
                                                                        codes ,disability, age and
                                                                        risk
       Outcome of referrals from      Internal data collection          Analysis of outcome by
       applicants with a disability                                     nature of disability
                                                                        Examination of actions
                                                                        taken to re-refer to
                                                                        appropriate AP



5.    DEPLOYMENT & STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION

5.1   Deployment

      This Policy will be published on the Area policy database and introduced to all
      staff via team meetings with a focus upon their specific responsibilities. The
      policy will be referred to on the Area web site and available to members of the
      public on demand.

5.2   Confidentiality

      All Offender Managers and Approved Premises staff are bound by the
      Cheshire, Halton and Warrington MAPPA protocols and the Area policy on
      data protection and information security.

5.3   Community engagement

5.3.1 The Approved Premises Manager will convene a Community Liaison group
      for each Approved Premises in Cheshire. Its purpose is to permit an exchange
      of information about the impact of the premises on the community and vice
      versa. The liaison group is to be advised of any legislative or policy changes
      that may alter the premises regime, resident criteria or resettlement
      arrangements. Membership of the liaison group is open by invitation to
      individuals, community representatives as well as elected councillors.
      Attendance by police and Magistracy is included.




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5.3.2    An annual briefing document will be provided to all local councillors and
        Members of Parliament outlining occupancy levels, regime developments and
        legislative/policy change and implications.

5.3.3 Schools and education/nursery facilities within one mile of the premises to be
      advised of any changes in regime, legislation or policy that may impact on
      their operation or parental concern over their operation.

5.3.4 Significant neighbours, commercial or public service facilities close to or
      adjacent to the premises will be contacted on an occasional basis to ensure
      contact points are known and that feedback is welcomed.

5.4     Complaints

        Complaints by neighbours concerning the operation of the premises or actions
        by residents to be formally investigated and a response made in writing. A
        published procedure (consistent with 3.29 of Approved Premises handbook)
        concerning complaints by neighbours to be available on demand.



6.      ASSESSMENT & REVIEW
        This policy will be reviewed two years from implementation.

        Cheshire Area will ensure all referrals and placements to Approved Premises
        take full account of individual needs including race, sexual orientation, gender,
        age, religion and disability

        Approved Premises will assess all referrals fairly. Where offenders require
        additional support to assist a placement in approved premises such as
        translator, mentor, links to local community groups etc. this will be facilitated
        by hostel staff. Approved Premises contractors will support the provision of
        specialist food e.g. halal/kosher. Cheshire Approved Premises will develop
        culturally sensitive environments to support successful completions by
        offenders from all minority groups . Facilities to support residents with mobility
        issues will be developed in consultation with national estates colleagues and
        facilities contractors.

        Resident feedback surveys are conducted on a continuing basis and will be
        used to determine actions to be taken to ensure the effectiveness of these
        initiatives.


7.      SUPPORTING STATEMENTS
        7.1    Impact Assessment required under Race Relations (Amendment) Act
               but to include all aspects of diversity
        7.2    Service instructions
        7.3    Out of Hours arrangements
        7.4    Referral forms and procedures which define required information and
               the criteria for acceptance in the Approved Premises


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      7.5   Approved Premises Rules
            Leaflet for residents providing information about the Approved Premises
            defining terms of acceptance
      7.6   Roles of staff within the Approved Premises, expectations on Offender
            Managers and liaison arrangements.
      7.7   Contents list of Approved Premises Handbook




Steve Collett
Chief Officer

Date: 22 June 2007




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