Community Payback is a court sentence which benefits local people and helps to reduce reoffending.
The work is constructive, demanding and meaningful and offenders work unpaid for the benefit of local communities to repay some of the harm they have caused. It is also an opportunity for offenders to learn new work based skills which can help them stop reoffending and reintegrate into their local communities.
Offenders carry out between 40 and 300 hours of unpaid work as part of their sentence. They work four days each week, or one day if they have other commitments which prevent this. Those who are in full time employment or education can complete their CP hours at a weekend.
Offenders working in the community are supervised and are carefully assessed to ensure they don’t pose any risk to the public while they are carrying out their sentence.
What type of work is completed?
Community Payback is delivered in supervised groups or individual placements, for example a charity shop or sports club.
Group work can include:
- street clean ups
- Ground clearance and landscaping
- painting and decorating
- improvements to parks and other
- community facilities
- work for local charities or community centres
All offenders are carefuly assessed and supervised to ensure they don't pose any risk to the public whilst completing their CP.
A project must meet the following criteria:
- benefit the local community
- be worthwhile and constructive
- enable offenders to learn new skills
- projects must not take paid work away from contractors or profit an individual
To suggest a project please fill in the suggestion form.