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Essex Probation

Your Community Order

Your Offender Manager is responsible for supervising your court order. They will see you regularly. They will explain what is expected of you and will give you appointments which you must attend. You will sign what we call a ‘Compact’ which sets out the basic rules and expectations.

It will be important to make a plan. To make sure you get the help you need to stop offending, your Offender Manager will discuss with you what you need to be involved in, and when.

This Supervision Plan will be updated as you go along and when you achieve various milestones. We also keep a record of all our contacts with you, and what happens when you take part in other activities, for instance, our groupwork programmes or Community Payback (Unpaid Work). Any referrals we make to other organisations that can help you will also be recorded, and updated as you achieve your goals.

You will also have a similar plan if you go to prison. Your Sentence Plan will also provide added information when you’re released from prison to be supervised by us. We can’t solve all of your problems for you, but there is a lot that Probation services in Essex can offer.

In partnership with other organisations, we can help you to

  • Stop offending
  • Overcome drug misuse or drink problem
  • Get training, or education (including basic English and maths)
  • Sort out debts and benefits
  • Sort out accommodation issues
  • Plan for the future

You will need to keep to the rules . Failure to do so will be what is called a ‘Breach’ of the order and will very likely send you back to court. The options then would be for the court to make you do more requirements, make the requirement(s) you are doing harder or send you to prison

What the courts decide and why

The courts can choose from a menu of 13 requirements to add to your basic Community Order, which will be tailor-made to help stop your offending. Their choice of requirements will be based on the seriousness of your offence, how much risk there is of you reoffending, how much risk you pose to others, and on your individual circumstances.

Requirements the court will consider:

Your Offender Manager will see you regularly to discuss your progress, help you deal with practical or emotional problems, make sure you are keeping up with the court requirements, and examine a range of important issues with you: the things in your life that might lead you to reoffend. Click on the list of requirements which could be added to your supervision:

Unpaid Work (called Community Payback)
Accredited Programmes
Drug Treatment
Alcohol Treatment
Prohibited Activity
Mental Health Treatment
Attendance Centre (for Under-25s)
Supervision under the IOM scheme