Community Payback Order: Unpaid Work
Interventions Suitable for
All ages (over 16).
Programme title and provider
Details of all specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available
Range of work parties (outdoor and indoor); craft workshops for those requiring lighter, seated, indoor duties (typically those with drug, alcohol, mental health, physical health, mobility issues); men-only work parties or workshops for sex offenders; range of individual placements in charity shops, churches, community centres etc.; opportunity for women with complex needs to undertake Unpaid Work in women-only groups, 1-1 settings within a protected environment or and the Connections Women’s Centre. Links made to wider services for other activity: in-house service from Lifelong learning tutors; referral to Aberdeen Foyer for a range of employability and support services (see below); Health Point; Confidence to Cook; Walking Group.
Successful outcomes: hours ‘paid back’ to the community; individual learned new skills; gained qualifications; learned to work as a team; work routine; confidence and self-esteem improved. More tailored placements result in orders completing within required time frames and reduces the chance of returns to court due to breach proceedings.
Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention
Level 1 Unpaid Work Orders do not require the prior preparation of a CJSWR, so there is often little or no assessment of suitability. This can sometimes result in individuals being made subject to these orders when they are clearly going to struggle with engagement.