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Probation Board for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Prison Service. Resettlement and Offender Management ExOcop Workshop Athens Thursday 16 th September 2010. Who we are. Noel O’Donnell – Probation Manager HMP Magilligan

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Probation Board for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Prison Service

Resettlement and Offender Management

ExOcop Workshop


Thursday 16th September 2010

Who we are

  • Noel O’Donnell – Probation Manager HMP Magilligan

  • Jane Lappin – Probation Manager – Life Sentence Prisoners and Life Licencees

  • Paul Bullick – Resettlement Manager – NIPS

  • Willie Gribben – Resettlement Coordinator - NIPS

Resettlement Strategy

  • Launched 2004, Revised in 2010

  • Resettlement teams established

  • Focused on Sentence Planning including Education, Offending Behaviour Programmes, Vocational Training & Addiction Services


  • 9 Pathways

  • Addressing the original Pathway to Crime

  • Multi Agency Management (NIPS, PBNI, External and Voluntary Agencies, Healthcare etc..)

  • Partnership Working to achieve Targets and Reduce Re-offending

  • Holistic approach to Offender Management and Resettlement


  • 1. Accommodation

  • 2. Education Training and Employment

  • 3. Health – Mental and Physical

  • 4. Drugs and Alcohol

  • 5. Finance Benefits and Debt

  • 6. Children and Families

  • 7. Attitudes Thinking and Behaviours

  • 8. Supporting prisoners who have been abused, raped or who have experienced domestic violence

  • 9. Supporting offenders who have been involved in prostitution

Key Principles

  • Dedicated teams integrated to manage all Prison


  • Effective Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Sentence Planning and ongoing monitoring of risk reduction along with licensing and release plans.

  • An offender management system operating in parallel to other core Prison functions such as security and discipline, medical and residential.

  • An offender management system which treats and manages both the custody and community supervision as one sentence.

Key Features

  • Partnership working between Probation and Prisons with statutory duty to share information.

  • Case Managers (Probation Officer) and Sentence Manager (Prison Officer) working closely together.

  • Strengthen and enhancing Public Protection through use of new sentences and technologies to manage offenders and reduce re-offending.

  • One sentence plan from sentence being made to sentence completion.

Custodial PhasePractise Issues

Case Manager working in conjunction with Sentence Manager with regard to –

Sentence Planning:

  • Identifying areas of risk

  • Agreement of Sentence Plan to address offending behaviour and associated factors

  • Interventions and Programme Delivery

  • Plan reviewed regularly

  • Parole Dossier prepared for Parole Commissioner

Practice Issues

Offending Behaviour Programme

  • Motivational Enhancement Group

  • Enhanced Thinking Skills

  • Sex Offender Treatment Programme

  • Anger Management

  • Substance Addictions

  • Art Therapy

  • Parenting

    Relevant programmes can be continued on release into the


    Inter Agency Assessments continue through to the Community for Violent/Sex Offenders contributing to Local Area Public Protection Panel Decisions (LAPPP)

Practise Issues

Physical Co-Location

(Probation and Prison Staff working from same offices)

Cultural Co-Location

(Different working background/environment of Prison and Probation Staff)

Training and Skills

(Joint training/transfer of skills)

Information Sharing

(Staff confidence in each other and relevant agency)

Practice Issues

Pre-Release Stage

  • Semi open-style units

  • Home Leave/Town Visits

  • Pre-release Programme

  • Housing Advice

  • Goals Programme

  • NIACRO Job Tack

  • Jobs Fair (Meeting with employers)

Practice Issues

Release Planning & Licence

  • Custodial History

  • Public Protection Panel

  • Set Licence Conditions

  • Tripartite meeting with Community Probation Officer

  • Risks to be supervised in community

  • Can be recalled

Practise Issues

  • Challenges of the Criminal Justice Order Sentences. Offender Management model on through and aftercare system

Life Sentenced Prisoners

  • 2006 PBNI created management post to oversee life sentence work in prisons and community

  • Increasing numbers sentenced

  • Growing Licence population

  • NIPS and PBNI jointly manage sentence plans and Pre Release testing

  • PBNI responsible for supervison when released on Licence

  • Focus on Risk Assessment, Risk Reduction,Risk Management, Resettlement Needs

Life Licence Supervison

  • PBNI Operational Standards

  • Relationship building and motivational work

  • Monitoring and Surveillence

  • High levels of contact, staff intensive

  • Robust management oversight and reviews

  • PBNI Psychology reviews and treatment

  • PBNI Victims unit and restorative practices

  • Statutory, Voluntary , Community resources support workplans and resettlement

Resources supporting success

  • Accomodation -NIPs rent scheme,Housing rights support,hostels, Public housing liaison officers

  • Family – Niacro family Links , Barnardos , Social services

  • Benefits – Niacro welfare Advise Officers, PBNI Befriending fund

  • Employment- Jobtrack, supported training schemes ,voluntary placements,

  • Education / training- Niacro funding mainstream courses ,Niacro training courses , Princes Trust,

  • Addictions – CATS, Nicas, Dunlewey, AA, Testing

  • Constructive Activity- Befriending / Mentoring , PBNI Art therapy,Arts projects , Spiritual outlets ,


Reversing the damage

Balancing Victim and offender need

Educating the public

Involving communities

Thank you

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