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Community Payback Order: Unpaid Work


Local Authority area:


Primary Courts of relevance:

Edinburgh Sheriff Court and the High Courts

All information provided by:

Midlothian Community Justice Partnership

Midlothian Community Justice Information

Published: 30 November 2021

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Community Payback Order: Unpaid Work

Interventions suitable for

Individuals aged 16 and over

Programme Title and Provider

Unpaid work – Justice Service

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

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.

Possible Outcomes

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 or becoming a peer mentor, attending substance use support services, engaging with employment advice agencies, men’s programmes and suicide prevention groups, literacy support groups, attending mental health support agencies and attending Venture Trust personal development programme.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

A client can be made subject to a Community Payback Order at the point of sentence in the following ways:

The court can impose a level one CPO with an unopad work requirement at the point of conviction. The maximum hours that can be impaosed as a Level 1 order is 100.
The Court can also request that a Criminal Justice Social Report (CJSWR) is requested, and must do so if the individual is aged 16-18 years old. AS part of the assessment process the CJSWR author can make a recommendation for an Unpaid Work requirement to be imposed.

The client must agree to the CPO being made.