Justice social work

Supervision and Payback Orders

Community-based Supervision

When subject to statutory or voluntary supervision in the community, for example, Community Payback Order Supervision Requirement, parole and diversion, individuals are supervised by an allocated social worker and will be required to undertake a range of work to help them stop reoffending.

Work will focus on reducing re-offending through developing strategies to make and sustain long-term positive changes. This will include work specific to individuals’ offending behaviour and other related areas such as life skills, problem-solving, anger management, drug/alcohol use, housing, education/ employment etc.

A Community Payback Order with a Supervision Requirement is the main sentence for community based supervision.

An individual can be sentenced to supervision for a period of 6 months to 3 years.

The frequency of contact will commence at weekly and move to monthly as the Order nears completion.

Each individual is subject to a detailed assessment of their risk of reconviction, risk of harm and the specific needs that have contributed to their offending behaviour. This information informs an individual case management plan that identifies the work that needs to be undertaken during the period of supervision. Regular reviews are held to ensure the work undertaken meets the assessed level of risk and need.

Some interventions are delivered in collaboration with partnership agencies such Community Alcohol and Drugs Service Shetland, Adult Learning, Careers Scotland and Shetland Community Bike Project.

Community Payback Order

This Order has replaced Probation Orders, Community Service Orders and Supervised Release Orders for crimes committed on or after 1 February 2011. A Community Payback Order can include requirements that an individual must cooperate with.

The requirements are:
• Unpaid work or other activity requirement; (See unpaid work scheme)
• Offender Supervision requirement (See community supervision)
• Compensation requirement- pays compensation to the victims’ of crime
• Programme requirement – undertake specific pieces of work to address offending behaviour
• Mental Health Treatment requirement
• Drug treatment requirement
• Alcohol treatment requirement
• Residence requirement – to reside at a specific address
• Conduct requirement

A criminal justice social worker will assess an offender’s suitability for a community based disposal and will make recommendations to the Court on the most appropriate requirements to impose. This will ensure that offenders continue to receive a sentence that will challenge and assist them in changing their offending behaviour and enable some to make reparation to the community through unpaid work.