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Community Payback Order Unpaid Work

Last updated: 28th June 2024


Where the order contains an unpaid work or other activity requirement an individual must undertake unpaid work for a specified number of hours in the community. This should have a focus on reparation and providing a clear tangible benefit to the local community. It may also include requiring the individual to take responsibility for their own behaviour by spending time, through the “other activity” component of the requirement, on developing their interpersonal, educational, and vocational skills to support long-term desistance from offending.

Further Information:

General Unpaid Work Service is available to clients aged 16 and over. The scheme offers placements in organised work groups where clients are supervised undertaking projects in the communities most affected by crime or assisting the most vulnerable in our community. This provides clients with an opportunity to make reparation for their offences whilst promoting social inclusion. In addition there are personal placements available with local charities and organisations for suitably assessed clients. All individuals subject to a CPO with an unpaid work requirement are provided with information relating to general health and safety practice with the opportunity to complete a health and safety in work qualification. Other Activity – there are various opportunities in Midlothian for Unpaid Work clients to engage with services as part of their Order to address their offending behaviour and promote their employability and wellbeing. Opportunities include: accessing SVQ training including health and safety, becoming a peer mentor, attending substance use support services, engaging with employment advice agencies, STRIDE – men’s programmes and suicide prevention groups, literacy support groups, attending mental health support agencies and attending Venture Trust personal development programme.