Unpaid Work is a community sentence used by the Courts. Known as Community Payback, it requires people who commit an offence to undertake unpaid work on a worthwhile and constructive project, to pay back the community for the crimes they have committed.
Service users (both men and women) have to undertake between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work as part of their sentence, depending on the seriousness of their offence. A typical sentence can be 120 hours.
In line with the probation reform programme, from 26 June 2021, the unified probation service will be responsible for managing everyone on a community order or licence following their release from prison in England and Wales – including Community Payback. London and Thames Valley CRCs’ employees and services will transfer to the unified service.
Nominate a project for Community Payback (CP): new email address from 14 June
If you’d like to nominate a project in your community for CP, please email a description and the location of the proposed project to CP_@justice.gov.uk
Please do not use the CRC CP nominations email address as emails will not be forwarded to CP_@justice.gov.uk
Community Payback is a powerful alternative to custody, and therefore our projects require service users to do meaningful and demanding work. Projects can include a range of valuable tasks such as:
The possibilities are endless. Email CP_@justice.gov.uk to find out more.
We aim to ensure that all our projects give service users the opportunity to learn new work-related skills, and that some will lead directly to offers of employment.
The work that service users do to create, maintain and support public spaces has a positive impact on local communities. Our teams regularly work alongside community organisations, local authorities, local police teams and residents. Known as Community Action Days, these are positive for both service users who see the immediate impact of their work and local communities who can see and appreciate Community Payback in action.
With our workforce we can also help you deliver community projects and keep community spaces accessible and safe. You can be assured of high standards of work and your deadlines being met, while also supporting service users’ rehabilitation, doing your part to help make your community safer.
We take public safety seriously, always risk assessing every project. Before accepting a project we check it on a number of factors including:
Community Payback is a valuable resource that you can tap into, and which ultimately should be benefitting communities, and ensuring that service users are carrying out the sentence of the Court. We will ensure that, wherever possible, service users with particular skills are placed in projects where they can immediately be effective.
We have a team of skilled community payback supervisors who are experienced in overseeing large and complex projects. In working with us, our partners who choose to supervise their own projects will also be supported through any necessary training and guidance. Feedback from our existing beneficiaries is that they feel confident and supported in this role. Your dedicated account manager will continue to support your throughout the process and provide a responsive service.
Whether you’re looking for a dedicated resource to handle regular unpaid work or you want to bolster an existing team to get a job up and running, we can help.
Find out more by emailing us today on CP_@justice.gov.uk
Working in collaboration with our partners, we are looking to deliver sustainable and innovative projects.
We welcome suggestions for possible projects as long as they meet the following requirements. The project should:
We will be able to help provide materials such as paint and tools.
It might surprise you to know the breadth and range of projects we can help you with. Examples of both end-to-end and ongoing projects include:
We can provide flexible, effective working, with resources available during the week or at weekends, for one-off or long-term, rolling projects.
You can choose to supervise the teams yourself whether you’re using a Community Payback team alone or using it to booster your own workforce. We are also able to provide experienced supervisors to manage the job if needed.
We’ll handle all the necessary groundwork and risk assessments beforehand. You can be confident that your job will be done safely and to a high standard.
If your project has a variety of sites, we are able to support you on different projects across them.
We can support you across a variety of sites as required. For instance if you have multiple bases that need staffing or working on, we can manage the logistics of these.
Ensuring you have the people you need, where you need them, and when you need them.
We are always looking for a wide range of Community Payback projects across London, giving our service users exciting and educational new work.
You don’t have to worry about the detail. We’ll do all the necessary groundwork and risk assessments so you can be confident your job will be done safely and to the best standard achievable.
If you’re not sure the job you have would be in scope, get in touch. We’re keen to expand the opportunities we can make available to our service users, and are more than happy to explore it further with you.
Whatever your need, get in touch and see how Community Payback could help you achieve your goals.
Email us: CP_@justice.gov.uk
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