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Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the timeliness of the delivery of (a) internet sex offender programmes and (b) community sex offender programmes against scheduled delivery timetables in each probation area in each of the last three years. (303934)

Delivery for the completion of sex offender treatment programmes (SOTP) is scheduled against annual targets. Targets for the number of completions of SOTP have been negotiated and agreed locally between Probation Areas or Trusts and the NOMS regional (and Wales) offices since 2007-08. In 2006-07 there were no area-level targets for SOTP completions, only a national target. Monthly milestones for delivery throughout the year are also agreed locally. These targets cover the overall provision of SOTP and are not broken down by the programme type.

The targets are included in the Service Level Agreements (or contracts for Probation Trusts) setting out the agreed level of service delivery for each financial year and are signed off by the Regional Offender Manager or now the Director of Offender Management. Performance relative to targets and milestones is assessed quarterly through the Integrated Probation Performance Framework (IPPF), which provides the basis for the published provider ratings.

Sex offender treatment programmes are delivered as a requirement of either a community sentence or release on a post-custodial licence. They are delivered alongside a supervision requirement, which is overseen by an Offender Manager. Supervision commences as soon as the offender is sentenced or released from custody and involves assessment of risk and treatment needs in addition to sentence planning and preparing the offender to engage in treatment. Other measures designed to protect the public may also be put in place, such as Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Supervision requirements for sex offenders are usually longer (up to three years) in order to allow sufficient time for treatment to be completed.

The following table sets out the actual delivery of accredited sex offender treatment programme completions against targets for each probation area since 2006-07.

Probation sex offender treatment programme delivery targets

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Probation area

Delivery

Target

Delivery

Target

Delivery

Target

Avon and Somerset

38

35

48

27

24

Bedfordshire

28

20

20

15

15

Cambridgeshire

18

24

20

24

24

Cheshire

43

36

35

40

40

County Durham

12

14

12

13

12

Cumbria

14

12

12

11

10

Derbyshire

27

29

21

24

21

Devon and Cornwall

53

39

52

50

45

Dorset

21

20

24

21

20

Dyfed Powys

4

4

3

6

4

Essex

46

29

35

4!

41

Gloucestershire

24

24

22

12

12

Greater Manchester

37

50

50

60

60

Gwent

14

15

16

13

13

Hampshire

24

50

50

45

45

Hertfordshire

17

22

20

26

25

Humberside

29

23

23

23

23

Kent

47

48

45

55

50

Lancashire

42

45

41

44

43

Leicestershire

44

27

21

28

26

Lincolnshire

17

22

20

10

10

London

77

106

100

102

100

Merseyside

31

14

30

12

12

Norfolk

19

29

29

30

30

North Wales

8

17

13

26

13

North Yorkshire

13

16

14

16

14

Northamptonshire

15

10

10

15

15

Northumbria

38

44

44

50

50

Nottinghamshire

14

30

30

35

35

South Wales

8

18

15

15

15

South Yorkshire

39

37

36

40

36

Staffordshire

43

41

34

42

35

Suffolk

21

20

21

20

20

Surrey

22

16

21

17

17

Sussex

35

51

50

39

35

Teesside

18

16

13

13

13

Thames Valley

55

65

50

64

60

Warwickshire

16

15

14

15

14

West Mercia

41

29

25

30

25

West Midlands

118

110

109

110

109

West Yorkshire

48

64

60

61

60

Wiltshire

23

24

24

27

20

England and Wales

1,301

11,200

1,360

1,332

1,367

1,291

1 In 2006-07 there were no area-level targets for SOTP completions, only a national target.