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Northumbria Probation Area

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Probation hostels

Probation hostels or approved premises provide structured, supervised, temporary accommodation for offenders who would in any case be living in the community. They play an important role in protecting the public.

We have several Home Office approved premises at locations across Northumbria. Some of these are managed by probation staff and some with the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

Our rules of residence are very strict and contribute to the smooth running of the hostel and to protecting the public. We have strong links with Northumbria Police, where specialist police officers visit the premises almost on a daily basis. There is also extensive CCTV coverage at the hostels.

Probation hostel rules of residence include:

Offenders who do not comply will receive a warning and can be returned to prison or court.

Our key workers undertake initial assessments with residents, and produce individual, structured programmes of work. We work with offenders to address their offending behaviour, recognise the impact of their offending on victims and members of the community, acquire basic skills to change their lifestyle, boost employment opportunities and address their accommodation needs.

Who lives in approved premises?

Adult male and female offenders who have been sentenced to community orders, released from prison subject to licence conditions or who are on bail awaiting trial. Many of these offenders have committed very serious offences.

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