Supervised Attendance Orders
When an offender cannot afford to pay a fine imposed by a court, the court can decide to sentence the offender to a Supervised Attendence Order. The fine on their pocket is therefore converted to a fine on their time.
Under a supervised attendance order, the court orders an offender to go to a place where they are supervised for between 10 and 100 hours. Various activities for each offender can be identified, according to their own needs.
Placements in the community must be of benefit to the offender or educational.
Placements are designed to meet the needs of offenders on supervised attendance order, which include:
- long term unemployment
- drug and/or alcohol issues
- mental health issues
- housing difficulties
There is also a specific group for offenders subject to Supervised Attendance Orders - the Moving On group. This group includes the following sessions:
- drug overdose and basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- alcohol awareness
- mental health awareness
- welfare rights
- energy tariff and benefits check
- one pot cooking sessions
- breast and testicular cancer awareness
- dental hygiene and mouth cancer awareness
- healthy lifestyle
- how food affects mood
If an individual does not co-operate with a supervised attendance order they will be returned to Court and may receive a prison sentence.
A report on the SAO group which identifies relevant comments from the HMIE inspection (18/11/2008), is appended: