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Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the delivery of internet sex offender programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08; (197809)

(2) what assessment he has made of the delivery of community sex offenders programmes in probation areas in Wales against delivery timetables in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

National guidance to probation areas states that offenders sentenced to a community order with a requirement to attend an accredited sex offender programme should commence the group work programme by the sixth week of the order. In some cases this timetable can be altered at the discretion of the offender manager. There is no timetable for offenders on licence.

Offenders waiting for a place on the group work component of the community sex offender treatment programme or the internet offender programme are under the supervision of their offender manager from the day of sentence. Before they commence either programme a full assessment is required in order to confirm their suitability for the programme; confirm the treatment plan; and identify the modules in which they should participate. During this initial period the offender manager will monitor the risk posed by the offender and manage it. Additionally the offender manager will normally prepare offenders for the programmes by carrying out set work.

The information requested is contained in the following table. These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The waiting times may include time that has elapsed while the offender is prepared for the programme or because an offender has been recalled to custody.

Community sex offender treatment programmeInternet sex offender treatment programme

Area

Data

2006-07

2007-08

2006-07

2007-08

Dyfed-Powys

Average time to start in weeks

39

20

Number of commencements

4

5

Gwent

Average time to start in weeks

33

34

43

Number of commencements

11

13

5

North Wales

Average time to start in weeks

38

44

56

Number of commencements

36

16

11

1

South Wales

Average time to start in weeks

55

49

63

66

Number of commencements

20

13

1

4