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Enhanced Community Supervision reform

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    Summary of reform

    As part of the Government's Strategy to Reduce Reoffending, Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) is working to increase the capacity and capability of all offender managers to deliver cognitive behaviour therapy as part of one-on-one interventions with offenders in the community who are under Community Corrections supervision. This reform is based on international best practice and evidence around what works to reduce reoffending.

    This reform aims to:

    1. Establish practical, evidence based tools that will assist Community Corrections officers to keep supervision structured and focused, and improve day to day adherence to the Risk-Needs-Responsivity* principles already established in current policy.

    2. Provide ongoing professional supervision and skill development of Community Corrections staff, and establish adequate governance to ensure the skills are being applied as required.

    3. Increase the resource capacity of Community Corrections to ensure that individual staff and managers have the time and capacity to do what is required of them to achieve the necessary results. 

    Rationale and Benefits

    There is significant evidence that improving the service delivered by Community Corrections Officers, through a focus on staff capability, training and the quality implementation of Risk-Needs-Responsivity principles in day-to-day supervision, can result in a large reduction in reoffending.

    Key changes

    • A brand new Practice Guide for Intervention is assisting Community Corrections officers in keeping supervision structured and focused on behaviour change

    • New Practice Managers are providing ongoing professional supervision, skill development and oversight to supervision practices and maintain quality of the interventions being delivered. 

    • Additional front line Community Corrections Officers are being recruited. This includes an increase in the ratio of Unit Leaders to Community Corrections Officer to enable greater day-to-day support.

    • Community Corrections will be engaging in cross-agency partnership committees that can contribute to community safety through the sharing of relevant information about offenders.

    • Use of up to 60 GPS tracking devices on Domestic Violence offenders will assist in monitoring place restrictions and curfews and alcohol and drug testing of offenders. 

    * Risk-Needs-Responsivity:

    • Risk aligns interventions and targets the highest level of resources at those offenders with the highest risk of reoffending;

    • Needs means identifying factors behind their offending behaviour, such as antisocial attitudes, criminal associates, and substance abuse; and 

    • Responsivity ensures interventions are appropriate to an offender's capabilities and learning style.

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    Contact us

    Contact us about CSNSW Reforms by emailing CSNSWreform@justice.nsw.gov.au