Title: Community Service Projects
Category: Offender Management
Implement Date: 3 December 2009
Appendices and Forms
|2.||Community Service Projects - Assessment|
|3.||Community Service Projects - Approval|
|4.||Allocation of offenders to approved Community Service Projects|
|4.1||Risk Management Principles|
|4.2||Work Program/Community Service Leave of Absence|
|4.3||Allocation of offenders to community service projects at all other types of employment|
|5.||Graffiti removal projects|
|7.||Sharing projects between facilities/offices|
|8.||Sharing projects with the Department of Communities|
|9.||Disclosure of information regarding offenders|
|10.||Intensive Correction Order|
|11.||Record of community service hours|
|12.||Register of projects|
|13.||Aboriginal communities / isolated communities / isolated offenders|
To enable the appropriate placement of offenders on approved community service projects.
The chief executive or delegate must seek, receive and consider applications from organisations to become registered community service projects.
Where established, community advisory committees may provide information and advice regarding potential community service projects within their respective communities for consideration by the relevant delegate. Refer procedure - Community Engagement Processes
When assessing suitability of potential community service projects the following factors must be considered-
The outcome of each of these considerations must be documented as an integral part of the application for approval of the project.
A sponsor organisation must have current public liability insurance.
Where potential projects appear to meet the criteria, the sponsoring organisation must be provided with an application and information kit to become a community service project.
Refer appendices - Guidelines for the Community Service Worker, Guidelines for the Community Service Project Supervisor (in-confidence) and administrative forms - Application to Become a Community Service Project, Community Service Project Health and Safety Assessment.
Community service projects must be assessed and regularly monitored to ensure compliance with the Agency requirements for workplace health and safety. In this regard a workplace health and safety assessment must be conducted prior to approval of the project and at least annually thereafter. External organisations must be made aware that compliance with the Agency requirements does not necessarily discharge their obligations under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995.
Refer administrative form - Community Service Project Health and Safety Assessment
A corrective services officer must assist the potential sponsor agency to complete the application form and conduct an assessment using administrative form - Community Service Project Health and Safety Assessment.
The completed administrative form - Application to Become a Community Service Project (Parts 1 and 2) must be forwarded for approval to -
Refer Corrective Services Act 2006, (CSA) s. 270 (1) and Instrument of Delegation of Chief Executive Powers - Corrective Services Act 2006 (in-confidence).
If a person responsible for the supervision and transportation of offenders (excluding parolees) engaged in approved community service projects is not an Agency or engaged service provider employee, a security clearance must be obtained for the person. Refer administrative form - Criminal History Disclosure and Consent
An offender who is eligible to participate at the Work Camp or an offender who is eligible to be granted community service leave of absence may be allocated to a community service project.
Where offenders are providing services at a school, such as maintenance, cleaning or building work, they will not fall under a category of regulated employment, as their work is considered to be directed towards the school, rather than towards children. Accordingly, offenders do not require a blue card for this work.
Offenders performing services (eg. maintenance work) at a child care centre after hours, when children are not on the premises, do not require a blue card. Offenders must not perform work at a child care centre while child care is being provided.
Offenders, and supervising staff, who are able to participate in community service projects at all other types of regulated employment (as defined in the CCYPCGA, eg. youth clubs and centres or community halls) do not require CCYPCGA Blue Cards as the Agency is a government entity under Public Service Act 2008, s. 24, and are therefore exempt.
However, the risk management principles in section 4.1 of this procedure must always be considered when determining the allocation of offenders to such community service projects.
Refer appendices - Guidelines for Graffiti Removal Projects; Vehicle and Graffiti Removal Project Trailer Process and administrative forms - Hazardous Substances/Dangerous Goods/Chemical Register, Chemical Risk Assessment, Safety Analysis Worksheet
The Agency will ensure that appropriate supervision standards are maintained.
Offenders on community based orders who undertake community service projects must be under the direction of an approved sponsor at all times.
Sponsors and/or on-site supervisors as appropriate must have access to a corrective services officer who will provide advice and support and arrange appropriate training or instruction as necessary.
Refer appendices - Guidelines for the Community Service Project Supervisor (in-confidence), Surveillance - Community Service (in-confidence), Surveillance - Intensive Correction Order (in-confidence), Surveillance - Resettlement Leave; and administrative form - Community Service Project Supervisor's Incident Report
Projects may be shared between corrective service facilities and/or district offices if mutually satisfactory arrangements are made.
Security must be taken into account where offenders from a corrective services facility and offenders under community supervision participate on the same project.
Where a community service project or potential community service project is shared with the Department of Communities, liaison must occur with that agency's local representative to ensure that adult offenders and juvenile offenders do not simultaneously undertake the same project.
Information relating to an offender's offence(s), criminal record or any other information, such as health related issues must not be released to sponsor organisations except in exceptional circumstances and in accordance with CSA, s. 243. However organisations may stipulate that offenders serving sentences for specific offences (eg. violent or sexual offences) be excluded from the project. Refer Procedure - Disclosure of Confidential Information
An offender on an Intensive Correction Order (ICO) is required to perform one day of community service per week. In exceptional circumstances the district manager may authorise exemption from all or part of this requirement. The authorisation must be in writing and retained on the offender file. Refer appendix - Surveillance - Intensive Correction Order.
Hours worked during the month are to be collected regularly and recorded on IOMS prior to the 9th day of the following month.
A register of community service projects undertaken by corrective services facilities and district offices must be maintained by those facilities/offices. The register must be maintained through IOMS.