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IMPACT ASSESSMENT 1. Title of function, policy or practice (including common practice) Bridgewood approved premises, an existing function with attendant policies

2. Aims, purpose and outcomes of function, policy or practice What is the function, policy or practice addressing? What operational work or employment/HR activities are covered? What outcomes are expected? Supervising, monitoring and where appropriate containing offenders on release from custody. To a lesser degree providing secure accommodation for people waiting to appear in court.

3. Target groups Who is the policy aimed at? Which specific groups are likely to be affected by its implementation? This could be staff, service users, partners, contractors. High risk offenders and high risk bailees waiting to attend court For each equality target group, think about possible positive or negative impact, benefits or disadvantages, and if negative impact is this at a high medium or low level. Give reasons for your assessment. This could be existing knowledge or monitoring, national research, through talking to the groups concerned, etc. If there is possible negative impact a full impact assessment is needed. The high, medium or low impact will indicate level of priority to give the full assessment. Please use the table below to do this.

Equality

Positive impact – could

Negative

Reason for assessment and 1

target group

benefit

impact explanation of possible impact could disadvanta ge (High, medium, low)
High No hostel provision for women in the Probation Area. Women may not be granted bail/licence or reside in hostels out of county and therefore away from support groups/families etc The hostel has limited places and is directed to take high risk offenders. Medium/lower risk offenders have very limited access and therefore have an increased risk of custody although are offered places if available N/A

Women

N/A

Men

Accommodation and support to facilitate licence

Medium

Asian/Asia n British people

Two years referral, admission, successful completion and breach statistics analysed, no adverse impact identified. Full report available

None

Two years referral, admission, successful completion and breach statistics analysed, no adverse impact identified. Over the average admissions. Full report available) Chinese Two years referral, admission, people or successful completion and other breach statistics analysed, no groups adverse impact identified. Full report available People of Two years referral, admission, mixed race successful completion and breach statistics analysed, no adverse impact identified. Full report available Deportees N/A White people (including Irish people) Travellers or Gypsies Two years referral, admission, successful completion and breach statistics analysed for White Irish and White other, no adverse impact identified. Full report available Unknown

Black/Blac k British people

None

N/A

None

N/A

None

N/A

High None

The Probation Area is not commissioned to fund places for deportees and therefore cannot provide the service. This is a national issue N/A

Unknown

No specific monitoring or systems to monitor transgender offenders within the current proscribed Probation client records system (CRAMS). Hostel will attempt to collect local data

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Disabled people to include those with Learning difficulties Mental health issues Physical disabilities Dyslexia Lesbians, gay men and bisexual people

Adaptations have been made to enlarge material that has to be read. The hostel is regularly accommodates those with mental health and learning difficulties who are referred to a CPN/psychologist Offenders are accepted with ongoing medical conditions and supported to maintain any relevant treatment Unacceptability of homophobic abuse stated in induction residents sign to confirm agreement. The Hostel displays sexuality related posters.

Medium

The Home Office have granted the hostel an exemption in terms of mobility access as the building cannot be altered sufficiently to accommodate these needs. Need to clarify what adaptations may be outstanding with regard to those with hearing or visual impairments. No data available on number of residents with disabilities

U/K

Transgend er people

Older people over 60 Young people (17-25) and children Faith groups

Unacceptability of sexuality Low related abuse stated in induction residents sign to confirm agreement. Training has been undertaken by staff in transgender related issues and a relevant issue managed The hostel will take any age as Low long as the offenders is over 18 years of age N/A

The closed and close nature of the facility may engender stereotypical views and a potential for abuse and homophobia. Single rooms cannot automatically be provided although this will be accommodation wherever possible. An impact assessment of the suicide and self harm has indicated a higher rate of suicide for young gay men and therefore incidents need to be monitored The closed and close nature of the facility may engender stereotypical views and a potential for abuse. Single rooms cannot automatically be provided although this will be accommodation wherever possible

Nothing identified

Can’t accept N/A under 18 year olds N/A Nothing identified

Willing and able to offer facilities for all faiths including dietary and time/space for religious observances. Individuals are supported to contact local faith groups. Special faith days are observed in hostel which also provides a prayer mat

General

Medium

Staff training in disability equality

4. Further research/questions to answer As a result of the above, indicate what questions might need to be answered in the full impact assessment and what additional research or evidence might be needed to do this. As the information needed is not available as yet action plan needs to include the following The collection of monitoring data on travellers /Eastern Europeans 3

The collection of monitoring data on disability An audit of outstanding actions with regard to the disability audit To monitor that all existing and new staff have looked at all polices/practise guidelines by April 2007 and any diversity information as and when available on the database Confirmation of the NPA response to incident of Hate crime Monitoring of issues related to incidents of suicide and self harm where recording, if possible, highlights precipitating factors i.e. race, sexuality, disability and mental health Self harm and suicide policy to be worked through within a team meeting Staff training in diversity/disability equality Consultation with offenders needs to be identified
Staff would like access to cultural and religious information, customs and norms on the internal database

All policies and practise guidelines have screened and impact assessed or actions identified as indicated above
Note; where negative impact cannot be assessed/addressed

The areas outlined below were as medium or high risk but not within the scope of NPA to change No hostel provision for women in the Probation Area. Women may not be granted bail/licence or reside in hostels out of county and therefore away from support groups/families etc... It is not with the remit of the Area to be able to commission an additional hostel or alternative accommodation. NPA offers an accommodation service although there are issues in providing sufficient accommodation for women. The Area also links to Supporting People. The hostel has limited places and is directed to take high risk offenders. Medium/lower risk offenders have very limited access and therefore have an increased risk of custody Deportees cannot access hostel places as there is no funding available
No specific monitoring or systems to monitor travellers within current proscribed Probation client records system (CRAMS) No specific monitoring or systems to monitor sexuality within the current proscribed Probation client records system (CRAMS) No specific monitoring or systems to monitor transgender offenders within the current proscribed Probation client records system (CRAMS)

Date and format of feedback process to consultation group on outcome of full Impact Assessment March 2007 in relation to internal race, sexuality and disability groups. March 2007 in relation to external race group and April for disability Consultations arrangements to be put in place with hostel staff and residents. 4

Full Impact assessment details discussed with PEARL 28.3.06 Disabilities Issues Group 13.3.0DAN 21.3.07 Sexuality Forum 27.3.07 Wellingborough Black Consortium 26.3.07 Ability Northants Due May 07

Signature of Board members to approve impact assessment Anne Toms and Eric Montgomerie 6.3.07

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