Where a prisoner is to be released on a parole licence, life licence, non-parole licence, extended sentence licence or supervised release order an ICM pre-release planning meeting will be arranged. This meeting should include the prisoner, the supervising social worker, SPS staff and any other relevant agencies or professionals who will be involved in providing programmes or support on release. The prison social worker should provide an updated risk assessment for this meeting. In certain cases where the prisoner is assessed as a high risk of harm to the public a Risk Management Case Conference may also be held prior to release.
With the implementation of Integrated Case Management the ICM Pre-Release Case Conference in effect replaces the Pre-Release Meeting identified in National Standards and Circular 12/2002. Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements also apply.
The purpose of the meeting is to finalise plans for release, discuss the conditions and any additional conditions of the licence, and ensure that the prisoner understands what is required of him and what is being offered, e.g. frequency of contact, programmes to be attended, no contact with children under 17 years etc. The prison social worker should record decisions made and agreed, and provide the prisoner and the SPS with reporting instructions on release.
Case Study: Richard Leon
You will find below a commentary written by the sex offender liaison officer for the City of Edinburgh Council Social Work Department about his role, risk management case conferences and discussion of Mr Leon's case.
Under the Case Study heading in the Family/Child Protection section of the map you will find extracts from the Social Enquiry Report provided for Mr Leon's court appearance and a completed SWSG RA4 risk assessment form. There are also three videos depicting different events from the case and indicating the complexity of work with schedule 1 offenders.
Under the Case Study heading in the Risk Assessment section of the map you will find a completed Risk Matrix 2000 Sex Offender risk assessment for together with the completed SWSG RA4 risk assessment form.
Case Study Files
- National Objectives and Standards for Social work Services in the Criminal Justice Services. (PDF, 28KB)
- SEJD (2004) National Objectives and Standards for Social Work Services in the Criminal Justice System. Throughcare: Pre-release Work — Parole and Statutory Supervision (PDF, 30KB)
- Pre-Release Work Parole Tasks (PDF, 58KB)
- Risk Management Case Conference Meeting Minutes. (PDF, 82KB)