Bail ASSET Focused Session

TAAS Victim Bail ASSET Support Programme

The core components of bail supervision and support programmes will be based on issues identified during the assessment process, the primary focus of which is Bail ASSET. The legitimacy for any work will be to address the factors that have resulted in the young person appearing before the court and at being at risk of a custodial remand, offending on bail or ensuring attendance at court.

 

Programmes will be established to link the need, the behaviour and the most effective way of managing the risk that a young person may pose. These and other factors may put the young person at risk of offending. The individual programme will seek to address these needs must ensure that the three aims of bail supervision and support are fulfilled.

 

As part of the standard TAAS can ensure that at least one session per week, focuses on the needs of the young person identified at the Bail ASSET stage. These sessions will be structured and targeted.

Key Elements of Programmes

The core components of any programme can include some or all of the following:

  • Focused work to ensure that responsibilities are met (attending court and complying with conditions of bail)
  • Case Management and individual supervision
  • Group work or activity based sessions
  • Compulsory reporting at a specified place to a designated person
  • Monitoring of bail conditions
  • Regular home visits and contact with the parent/carer and significant others

This is a list of components and methods, it also represents some of the activities that may be included within the programme:

 

Accommodation Issues

Help and support in seeking stable accommodation, referral to specialist accommodation providers, help in obtaining benefits advice, support in independent accommodation, placing with carers, in lodgings or other bail accommodation, liaison with residential establishments.

 

Liaison with Local Authorities in respect of looked after children and children in need

Support in placement, resolving conflict to enable the young person to remain or return home.

 

Work with Young Person, Families and Carer

Family mediation, support through bail period, help to obtain help with parenting skills and behaviour management.

 

Health Issues

Addressing alcohol and substance use and misuse, health counselling and referral, sexual health (contraception, aids etc), mental health.

 

Life Skills Advice and Counselling

Anger Management, cognitive behaviour, building self esteem, dealing with peer pressure, money advice and budget management, anti discriminatory behaviour, gender issues and stereotyping, positive role modelling.

 

Leisure Activities

These activities will be focused on assisting the young person to become involved in the community and to encourage interests that can be sustained long term and promote a positive lifestyle. They will not be used as a reward for participation in a compulsory programme as a result of alleged criminal activity. They might include participation in constructive activities such as outdoor pursuit, access to a range of suitable, affordable, accessible activities, an introduction to local youth provision or volunteering.

 

 

Where appropriate, general offending related work can be undertaken by the TAAS worker, which may include the following:

  • Developing strategies to avoid offending
  • The consequences of crime to the individual and society
  • Victim awareness (not in relation to current alleged offence)
  • Peer Influence and pressures to offend (not in relation to current alleged offence)
  • Custody and its impact on young peoples and their families lives
  • Values and beliefs around crime

TAAS will work with the YOS to ensure that there is a successful delivery of the services to the young people, this leaves the YOS specialist workers free to input into a range of orders and access services from their host agencies. Including:

  • The leaving care and education services from the local authority
  • Drug treatment and psychiatric assessment from the health service
  • Victim awareness from the police

Other services will come from the wider community including voluntary, statutory and specialist agencies. This will ensure immediate priority access can be given to each case , minimising delays; as delays caused within referral processes may jeopardise the success of bail supervision and support programmes.

 

The bail supervision and support programme will be co-ordinated by TAAS who will liaise closely with the young person’s YOS officer. At the initial stages when the programme is being formulated a decision will be taken about who are the most appropriate persons to deliver each element.

 

TAAS will have a range of personnel available with various skills and approaches who are able to provide a variety of inputs and to help deliver and enhance most elements of a bail supervision and support programme depending upon the needs of the young person.

 

TAAS and the YOS will agree in advance the parameters of the support workers role, the kind of tasks that are ppropriate for them and the person specification required.

 

Every TAAS worker will be subject to TAAS thorough recruitment and selection procedure, security vetting, training and supervision. More information on this can be found in the section about TAAS staff.

 

It is important that TAAS' bail workers work in partnership with YOS. So there will be a regular contact between TAAS, the YOS and any residential units or foster homes.

 

When reviews take place, if it is appropriate TAAS will be represented. It is inevitable that from time to time crises may occur during bail supervision and support periods. TAAS will have the facility to be flexible and will always be able to respond appropriately in such instances.

 

As ISSPs have been designed to deal with the most persistent young people, who commit a considerable number of offences, and who require intensive and highly structured programmes if they are to be dealt with effectively in the community. ISSP has two key elements: an intensive programme tackling the needs of young offenders combined with community surveillance.

 

The young people will be eligible for the programme, if they are:

  • Appearing in court either charged with, or convicted of an imprisonable offence and previous to the charge currently before the court
  • Have been charged or warned for an imprisonable offence on four or more separate occasions within the last 12 months
  • Have received at least one community or custodial penalty at any stage

However, not all young people meeting these criteria will be suitable for such an intensive programme. The entry criteria to bail supervision and support and intensive supervision and surveillance programmes (ISSPs) are different.

 

By using TAAS the YOS will be able to offer these intensive programmes as and when required either by using TAAS staff to compliment their own staff or by using TAAS to deliver the service to individual users on an adhoc basis.

 

The two schemes differ in that bail supervision and support is individually tailored to the circumstances of the alleged offence and the objections to bail under the Bail Act 1976.

 

Whereas ISSP is an intensive programme of structured supervision that tackles the needs of the young person coupled with community surveillance. The fact that the ISSP will be appropriate when the young person fits the criteria, and the seriousness of their offending means that a custodial sentence, remand in custody or remand to secure accommodation is under active consideration could mean that the YOS need additional trained workers.

 

This gives the YOS the flexibility to decide what added value can be provided from a bail supervision and support scheme in addition to what is already being provided within an ISSP.

 

This can then depend mainly on the level and intensity of the contact and programme content already being provided knowing that they have a bank of trained staff available to enable the necessary interventions to be made.

 

In cases where there is a risk of non-attendance at court, TAAS can help to achieve attendance at court appearances by contacting the young person, and their parent or carer, to remind him/her to attend court and/or by taking him/her to court.

 

This provision is intended to ensure that young people subject to bail supervision and support attend court, whether appearing for the bail supervision and support matter(s) or appearing in court for any other offences whilst subject to the programme.

 

TAAS will ensure that the YOS are kept fully up to date by keeping a diary of forthcoming appearances. TAAS ensure that the young person is contacted about the impending court date and be encouraged to make their own way, with the parent/carer where appropriate.

 

Wherever possible the young person and their family will be encouraged to take responsibility for their attendance at court and avoid over-reliance on the bail supervision workers.

 

TAAS will encourage the young people can be to attend court by:

  • Issuing reminders in advance of the court date through the use of diaries or weekly contact sheets in which appointments and court dates are noted
  • Telephoning or making contact either the day before or on the morning of the appearance
  • Accompanying to court, particularly where there are likely to be transport difficulties or real concerns about the young person attending
  • Arranging to meet the young person at court
  • Actively following up those who do not attend
  • Involving parents/carers in both the reminder and follow up process
  • Providing them with copies of all correspondence
  • Establishing contact with those subject to warrants to facilitate a return to court

TAAS recognises that this part of the bail supervision and support task, although resource intensive, addresses one of the key aims and should not be underestimated in the prevention of delays and the consequent issue of warrants, which can lead to custodial remands.

 

 

Breaches

TAAS will work closely with the YOS and when there is a failure to comply with the instructions of the BSS scheme TAAS will:

  • Immediately inform the YOS
  • Telephone or visit home visit within 24 hours.
  • Send a letter to the young person and his/her careers

When a failure to comply occurs TAAS will immediately inform the YOS so that a thorough investigation into all the circumstances can begin as soon as possible. This will give the young people and their parents/carers the opportunity to state their case and the full circumstances are taken into account. This will allow the investigation will then be concluded as quickly as possible and a decision reached.

 

TAAS has the ability and resources to respond to a failure to comply within these time limits even if it requires visits to take place at weekends and bank holidays.

 

TAAS already have:

  • a manned 24 hour telephone line
  • a bank of specialist staff available 24 hours a day
  • the facility to send two workers on a home visit if required to ensure that any risks to the Health and Safety of the workers that may occur when home visits occur out of hours or to addresses that may be considered problematic.

 

Through effective partnership working TAAS and the YOS can ensure that they have established a consistent approach to young people and breach procedures, to guarantee equitable treatment.

 

Many young people on bail supervision and support programmes will lead chaotic lifestyles and will not be used to routinely following instructions. They may need assistance in the early stages of programmes to comply with what is being requested and TAAS staff will work closely with the YOS to ensure that the young person gets all of the support that they require to enable them to conform to the programme.

 

TAAS and the YOS will have developed a set of criteria for unacceptable behaviour, consideration will be given to behaviour that is considered undesirable but is not breachable and behaviour that is unacceptable, that will lead to breach. These will be given to the young person at the beginning of the programme to ensure that there is a consistent approach from both YOS and TAAS staff.

 

Each young person on the programme will have the contact details of TAAS so that they are able to report any sickness or reasons for non attendance prior to the session.

 

TAAS can also report back to the police regarding any breach if the YOS requires this. We will work with the YOS to develop a written protocol with them , the Police and TAAS for the reporting of noncompliance of bail conditions this will include:

  • Timescales within which the police should be informed of a breach of a bail
  • Supervision and support condition
  • The method of reporting the breach and who should be notified
  • What paper work the police require
  • Timescales for the police to arrest the young person
  • Mechanisms for the police to inform the scheme when an arrest has been made
  • A review procedure if the young person has not been arrested within the agreed length of time
  • A procedure to deal with interagency difficulties

TAAS will ensure that where workers have legitimate concerns about young people not complying with other bail
conditions, that there is a mechanism within this protocol for these concerns to be raised with the police and where
necessary acted upon.

 

Record Keeping

TAAS will keep detailed records of all young people placed on bail supervision and support showing their attendance and work undertaken whilst on the scheme.

 

This will be on specially designed form that can either be faxed or email to the YOS.

 

These will be reported back to the YOS immediately following the contact and in whatever format is agreed with the YOS.

We are happy to design a form for this or use an existing form that the YOS currently use.

 

It will be agreed between TAAS and the YOS in advance what information either party will require and how this will be recorded and exchanged.

 

The information shared may include :

  • Personal information and contact details of the young person and their parents/carers
  • Details of the offending history and the current offence(s), including victim details
  • Information from other parties such as PSRs and LACS forms that provide additional background information
  • Contact details of other relevant parties, for example supervising officer, foster carers
  • Copies of Bail ASSET and any other assessments
  • Copy of the original bail supervision and support report to the court
  • Copies of all signed agreements
  • Any Correspondence
  • Contact sheet to monitor attendance
  • Record of all contacts with the young person and others related to the programme
  • Details of court attendance, outcome and future appearances
  • Warning letters, breach reports and copies of information provided to the police
  • Details of any further offences, warrants etc
  • Details of programme outcome and final summary

 

Mechanisms will be in place to ensure that information is transmitted quickly and effectively to ensure the smooth operation of services. TAAS will ensure that they keep comprehensive data to provide the YOS with all the information they will require to ensure the operation of an effective remand management services.

 

Any information about the work undertaken with the young person will be made available to the YOS workers to ensure continuity of approach and to enable the pre court report writers to have all the information that they might require.

 

To maintain the profile of the scheme on a daily basis TAAS feel that it is essential that staff are properly trained, able to deal with any issues relating to the bail supervision and support scheme, fully briefed about the cases they are dealing with and behave in a professional manner in thecourt setting.

 

To achieve the best results, TAAS will work with the YOS to develop a planned approach to promotion that is continuous and uses a variety of approaches in a number of different forums . The strategy will be periodically reviewed to ensure that it is successful and that courts are using bail supervision and support effectively and appropriately.

 

TAAS Employees

The staff we employ are crucial to the services we provide, and without trained, committed and well supported staff, we would not be able to offer the level of service we do.

 

Our recruitment and selection procedure is thorough, and we adhere to Safer Recruiting guidelines and pricincples.

 

All TAAS staff have 2 references checked and verfifed prior to any interview, and all TAAS employees are checked through the Criminal Records Bureau and ISA Processes. All employees are required to complete an enhanced disclosure form, and they are not allowed to work for TAAS alone, until the results of the disclosure has been received.

 

We use an online system to submit and check the disclosures, so the current return time for most disclosure applications is between 10-14 days. This means that any new contract will not be unduly delayed by waiting for the C.R.B checks to be returned.

 

Once the staff are employed with us, it is essential that we lookk after them and offer them support in their role. TAAS is run in a friendly and approachable way, and all the staff have regular opportunites for supervision and appraisal as well as informal staff meetings, evenings out and Christmas parties. It is an essential part of the company to ensure that all the staff, whether they are full time, part time, sessional or volunteers are appreciated and made to feel a valued member of the team.

 

 

As part of the standard TAAS can ensure that at least one session per week, focuses on the needs of the young person identified at the Bail ASSET stage. These sessions will be structured and targeted.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The most persistent offenders on bail may require very high levels of supervision and surveillance, intensive supervision and surveillance programmes (ISSPs). TAAS will also be available to support these programmes.