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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:

An Unpaid Work scheme is available to all offenders aged 16 and over. Individual placements may be available i.e., local Community Projects and local Charity Shops. Participation can lead to an increase in the individuals skills base, levels of self-esteem and ultimately lead to increased employment opportunities. The ‘Other Activities’ element of the Requirement allows for individuals to address/receive support with other areas of need such as literacy/numeracy.