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Community Payback Order: practice guidance

Published: 25 Jan 2019

This updated guidance replaces 'National outcomes and standards for social work services in the criminal justice system: community payback order practice guidance' issued in 2010.

Community Payback Order: practice guidance
18. Completion

18. Completion

Where an individual has completed a Community Payback Order (CPO) satisfactorily, a completion/exit questionnaire should be completed by the individual with the assistance of a member of Justice Social Work staff who has not had supervisory responsibility for the individual's CPO (see Annex 8).

It would be considered good practice for a completion report (see Annex 9) to be submitted to the court by the responsible officer[17] to advise the court of the satisfactory completion of the order, the work undertaken and the progress made.

It is important to practice in a manner that recognises and rewards efforts to desist from offending in order to encourage and affirm positive change. The final appointment provides an opportunity to purposely recognise this by offering a summary of progress such as, evidence of learning, making a contribution in the community via unpaid work or the successful completion of the order in itself.

Where a CPO has been breached it would also be appropriate, where possible, to offer the individual the opportunity to make comments identifying the difficulties the individual had in successfully completing the order and whether other supports could have been put in place.


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