Community Rehabilitation Order
Tameside Youth Offending Team
- What is a Community Rehabilitation Order (CRO)
- Your Supervisors
- What happens when a CRO is made?
- How often do I meet my Case Manager?
- Good Behaviour
- If you miss any Appointments
- What happens if I do not co-operate?
A Community Rehabilitation Order (CRO) was previously a Probation Order. A CRO is a sentence made by the courts for offenders aged 16 years and over. It can be made for any period between six months and three years.
Its purpose is to:
- Ensure young people take responsibility for their offending
- Help offenders resolve any personal difficulties which may have contributed to their offending
- Help become a law abiding , responsible member of the community
If you are aged 16 or 17 you will be supervised by someone from the Youth Offending Team (YOT)
This will be an experienced:
- Case Manager
- Youth Offending Team Officer
The case Manager and/r Youth Offending Team Officer will work closely with other specialised staff including:
- Drugs Workers
- Education Workers and Careers Advisors
- Health Workers
- Sports and Youth Workers
- Connexions workers
When you first meet your case manager you will talk through a supervision plan. The aim of the plan is to set targets which comply with the order and suit your needs in relation to:
- Offending behaviour
- Reparation to victims
- Money management
- Constructive use of leisure time
- Substance misuse
The case manager will also talk through the plan with your parents or guardian and it will be reviewed every three months.
You must have regular contact with your Case Manager who will see you at home whenever necessary. You must keep a minimum of 12 contacts in the first 12 weeks, but after three months the number of visits may change.
Your personal information will be treated with the utmost discretion.
If you show an ongoing record of good behaviour the length of the CRO may be reduced. In this case half way through the order, you or your case manager can apply to the court for an early discharge.
If you miss any appointments with your case manager without good reason, or fail to comply with any conditions of the CRO, you will receive a written warning from your supervisor. You will only get a maximum of two written warnings
If you ignore these warnings, you will be returned to court and re-sentenced for the original offence
The Court could also:
- Impose a fine of up to £1000
- Impose up to 60 hrs Community Service
You have a right to:
- See your file
- Complain if you believe you are receiving unfair treatment
Your supervisor will provide help and advice if you wish to complain. All complaints will be taken seriously.
If you do not keep to the conditions or the additional requirements, your Supervising Officer must take you back to Court. If the Court considers that you have 'breached' your CRO it may:
- Revoke the CRO and pass another sentence
- Tell you to complete the CRO, but punish you by imposing either a fine, or Attendance Centre Order.
The CRO is a sentence of the Court, which aims to make demands on the offender and protect the public from harm.
We work with you to find new ways of dealing with situation so that you do not offend again.