Community Services

Information about the Community Service by Offenders Scheme


What is Community Service? Community Service is a sentence of the Court requiring an offender to perform unpaid work for the benefit of the community under the supervision of the Social Services Agency.


Who Gets Community Service?


Offenders aged 16 and over can be sentenced to undertake Community Service for a wide range of offences. The number of hours to be worked can range between 40 & 240 hours, depending on the seriousness of the offence.


What Type Of Work Do Community Service Workers Perform?


Offenders on Community Service will usually work on practical tasks such as painting and decorating, although other work may be carried out depending on the skills of the individual workers.


What Does It Cost?


There is no charge for labour. The only cost to beneficiaries is for materials. Any equipment needed should also be provided by the beneficiary.


What Standard Of Work Is Expected?


Community Service aims to work to as high a standard as possible, bearing in mind the range of individual skills of workers on the scheme. Job specifications, terms and conditions will be agreed with you at the outset and your comments will be welcome at every stage of the placement. Any complaints will be investigated fully by the Community Service Officer. The Social Services Agency has a commitment to treat all people fairly, openly and with respect. Offenders on Community Service are expected to behave in a respectful manner and we request the same standards from our beneficiaries.


Who Can Benefit?


Community Service aims to carry out work that would not otherwise get done. We cannot undertake tasks which should be performed by paid employees. Typical beneficiaries of Community Service would include homes for the elderly, youth clubs and organizations, community centres, church halls, voluntary groups and charities.

What Are The Risks?


Risks are kept to a minimum as all Community Service workers are carefully assessed before any decision is taken as to their placement.


How Is The Work Supervised?


Before the placement is made, the Community Service Officer will visit the place where the work is to be undertaken to ensure the appropriate arrangements exist for the supervision of the offender’s work. Individual placements are aimed at assisting offenders to integrate and take on responsibilities to the community. It is necessary in all cases to nominate a person at the place of work who will keep a record of the offender’s attendance and who will ensure that the work performed is acceptable.


After the Court Order has been made, the Community Service Officer will introduce the offender to the nominated person who will supervise the work and in the early stages of the Order keeps in touch through frequent personal visits. If all goes well the contact will then be made by telephone each week, but occasional visits are still made to keep in touch with the place of work. In the event of any problem arising, the nominated supervisor can contact the Community Service Officer for assistance. The provision of support to the work place supervisors is seen as a vital part of Community Service, and the Community Service Officer will be available outside normal working hours when necessary.


What Does Community Service Offer?


Community Service Orders offer three main concepts, which are:

Punishment Although C.S. work is intended to be physically, mentally or emotionally demanding, it is by no means “hard labour”. C.S. is aimed at depriving a person of his/her leisure time. The implication is that C.S. has the responsibility of using the time, the Courts have taken away, for the good of society.

Reparation This is the idea of  “paying back” to society. The application of this is that work done on C.S. must be relevant and beneficial to society in a way the C.S. worker can see.

Rehabilitation Placing a C.S. worker in a non-offender group can have a very positive influence in changing his/her attitudes. Working with people more disadvantaged than them can often open their eyes to the needs of others. Working alongside a good supervisor can make an impact on a person who may have had little interest shown towards him/her in the past.

Contact Details If you would like any further information on how your organization could benefit from the Community Service scheme, then please contact: Community Service Officer Social Services Agency 16 Governor’s Parade Gibraltar Tel: 20078528 / 20075729



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