Community Order

A Probation Officer supervising an offender

A Community Order consists of at least one of 12 possible requirements.  The requirement(s) will differ according to the individual offender and the offence committed.  An order can run for up to three years.  There is no minimum duration but some of the requirements have a minimum number of hours that must be imposed.



Requires the offender to attend regular appointments with probation.  During the supervision period work will be undertaken with the offender to change attitudes and behaviour to help stop them reoffending.

Unpaid Work

Offenders carry out unpaid work ranging from 40-300 hours to benefit the local community.  Also known as Community Payback.


Aimed at changing an offender’s behaviour.  These are accredited programmes designed to address the attitudes and patterns of behaviour that contribute to offending.  For example a programme designed to address domestic abuse.

Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR)

The offender is required to have treatment to address their drug misuse and drug related lifestyle.  The offender will have to provide samples for testing when requested.  A Drug Rehabilitation Requirement can be for between six months to three years.

Alcohol Treatment

The offender is required to attend treatment to reduce or eliminate dependence on alcohol.

Rehabilitation Activity Requirement or Specified Activity

For example our Care Farm Skills Training or education and training which can lead to an offender gaining qualifications.


The offender must remain in an agreed place for specified hours.  A curfew requirement is electronically monitored.


The offender must reside at a specified address for up to three years.  This might be an Approved Premises or a private address.


The offender is excluded from entering a specified place or area for a period of up to two years.  This might include certain streets or shops.

Prohibited Activity

The offender must refrain from participating in specified activities during a certain period for up to three years.  For example, not attending a football match.

Mental Health Treatment

The offender may be required to undergo treatment for a mental health problem.  This can be specified for up to three years.

Attendance Centre

The offender must attend at an attendance centre for between 12 and 36 hours.  Only available for those under 25.