Judges and Magistrates can give a Community Order with a range
of twelve requirements. Depending on the seriousness of the
offence, the potential for risk of harm and re-offending, offenders
can be sentenced to any combination from the twelve.
The twelve requirements that are available under the Act
- Community Payback - An Unpaid Work Requirement
can be for between 40 and 300 hours and must be completed in 12
months. This involves demanding and constructive activities, such
as cleaning up graffiti, making public areas safer or conservation
work. The local community benefits from the work and residents are
able to suggest projects for offenders to carry out.
- Specified Activity - May include improving
basic skills such as reading, writing and numeracy.
- (Accredited) Programme - These are aimed at
changing offenders' thinking and behaviour. For example, the
Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme makes offenders realise the
consequences of their actions and teaches them to make less
- Prohibited Activity - Offenders may be ordered
not to take part in certain activities at specified times, like
attending football matches. If offenders do not comply with this
requirement, they can be sent back to the courts for
- Curfew - An offender may be ordered to stay at
a particular location for certain hours of the day or night.
Curfews help to structure an offender's life and break the cycle of
offending. Offenders will normally wear an electronic tag during
this part of their sentence.
- Exclusion - An offender may be prohibited from
certain areas (for up to two years) and will may have to wear an
electronic tag during that time.
- Residence - An offender may be required to
live in a specified place such as an approved probation hostel or
other approved accommodation.
- Mental health treatment - After taking
professional advice, the court may decide that the offender's
sentence should include mental health treatment.
- Drug rehabilitation - If offenders commit
crime linked to drug abuse, they may be required to go on a Drug
Rehabilitation Programme. Programmes last for between six months
and three years, and may involve monthly reviews of an offender's
- Alcohol treatment - This requirement is
appropriate for offenders whose crime is linked to alcohol abuse
and treatment must last for at least six months.
- Supervision - An offender may be required to
attend appointments with an Offender Manager/Probation Officer for
up to 36 months. The focus of the supervision and the frequency of
contact will be specified in the sentence plan based on the
particular issues the offender needs to work on. The length of a
supervision requirement must be the overall period for which the
Community Order is in force. The meetings must take place at least
once a week at the start of the order. The frequency of contact
during the order will depend on the level of risk posed by the
- Attendance Centre - For offenders under 25,
the court can direct the offender to spend between 12 and 36 hours
at an attendance centre over a set period of time. The offender
will be required to be present for a maximum of 3 hours per
attendance on each occasion. The attendance centre requirement
offers a structured opportunity for offenders to address their
offending behaviour in a group environment while imposing a
restriction on their leisure time.