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House of Commons Hansard
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Probation: West Yorkshire
25 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people completed and passed a probation programme in each probation area in West Yorkshire in each year since 2005. [322700]

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Between April 2005 and February 2010, 4,135 offenders have completed an accredited programme in the West Yorkshire probation area. In the first four years West Yorkshire probation area consistently over achieved in relation to its completion target for accredited programmes. The data for 2009-10 are for 11 months. Therefore it is not possible to say that this will be the case this year, as achievement for this period is 89 per cent. of the annual target.

A full breakdown by district and programme type is shown in the following tables. Targeting by programme type began in April 2007 and a more detailed breakdown between the various types of programme is available from this point. The accredited “offending behaviour” programme category includes the suite of accredited programmes delivered in West Yorkshire, other than domestic violence and sex offending. This includes thinking skills, substance misuse, and drink driving programmes.

Programme delivery in West Yorkshire is organised within districts. However, in the two smallest districts (Calderdale and Wakefield), delivery is linked to neighbouring larger districts (Bradford and Kirklees). This means that an offender can begin a programme in another district rather than waiting to start in the district in which (s)he is resident. This is good practice in that a prompt start is more likely to result in successful programme completion.

Accredited programme targets have been reduced in the past two years as the probation area has introduced a range of specified activities and alcohol treatment conditions for offenders who pose a lower risk of harm and reoffending, thereby reserving accredited programme provision for the more serious offenders. West Yorkshire plans to expand further its suite of interventions over the next two years to provide sentencers with a broader range of options.

In 2009-10 a target was set for the programme completion rate (by district and programme). Across the probation area performance has exceeded target for offending behaviour and sex offender programmes but not for domestic violence. The range of provision will be increased in 2010 with an introduction of a shorter domestic abuse programme for less serious offenders in order to improve completion rates.

West Yorkshire Probation Programme Completions1

Accredited OBP

Domestic violence

Sex offender

Total completions

Comp

Target

Rate (%)

Comp

Target

Rate (%)

Comp

Target

Rate

Comp

Target

Rate (%)

2005-06

Bradford/ Calderdale

340

248

137

Wakefield/Kirklees

302

248

122

Leeds

241

247

98

West Yorks

883

743

119

2006-07

Bradford/ Calderdale

320

291

110

Wakefield/Kirklees

308

290

106

Leeds

286

290

99

West Yorks

914

871

105

2007-08

Bradford/ Calderdale

259

212

122

65

55

118

22

20

110

346

287

121

Wakefield/Kirklees

183

212

86

51

60

85

22

20

110

256

292

88

Leeds

209

212

99

62

60

103

20

20

100

291

292

100

West Yorks

651

636

102

178

175

102

64

60

107

893

871

103

2008-09

Bradford/ Calderdale

201

188

107

54

50

108

16

20

80

271

258

105

Wakefield/Kirklees

201

188

107

57

50

114

27

20

135

285

258

110

Leeds

201

186

108

57

50

114

18

20

90

276

256

108

West Yorks

603

562

107

168

150

112

61

60

102

832

772

108

2009-10

Bradford/ Calderdale

155

167

93

53

47

113

12

18

67

220

232

95

Wakefield/Kirklees

113

166

68

38

47

81

1

16

6

152

229

66

Leeds

160

166

96

63

47

134

18

18

100

241

231

104

West Yorks

428

499

86

154

141

109

31

52

60

613

692

89

1 The table reflects that (1) the programmes target was not split by type until 2007-08, and (2) West Yorkshire currently divides it targets by super district as some districts deliver programmes for others, and (3) the 2009-10 figures do not include March which historically is the month in which the most completions occur.

West Yorkshire Probation Current Completion rates1

Accredited OBP

Domestic Violence

Sex Offender

Rate (%)

Target

Rate (%)

Target

Rate (%)

Target

2009-10

Bradford/Calderdale

69

65

52

67

88

77

Wakefield/Kirklees

69

65

70

67

90

77

Leeds

60

65

63

67

66

77

West Yorks

66

65

59

67

82

77

1 The completion rate measure has only been introduced in the last financial year.

Note:

West Yorkshire probation current programmes:

Addressing Substance Related Offending

Drink Impaired Drivers

Thinking Skills Programme

Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme

Internet Sex Offender Treatment Programme

Northumbria Sex Offender Group Programme

Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme