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Approved Premises


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Approved Premises are approved under Section 13 of the Offender Management Act 2007. The term currently applies to 100 premises,10 of which are Independent and the other 80 are ran by the National Probation Service, providing over 2,000 bed spaces. Therefore, currently, the independent sector provides around 10% of the overall Approved Premises Estate.

They are not 'Bail Hostels', though some may accommodate small numbers of people on bail where intensive bail conditions with a specific requirement to reside at an Approved Premises have been made a condition of the bail.

The Criminal Justice Act 1948 provided for the public funding of probation homes and hostels. Prior to this Act of Parliament, such establishments were funded almost entirely by the voluntary/charitable sector. However, it was not until the powers of the Criminal Courts Act 1973 that Probation Committees were invited to establish and run Approved Probation and Bail Hostels.

In the early 1990s, the Government introduced an expansion programme for the provision of Probation and Bail Hostels, leading to the current estate of 100 hostels. Over the years, the role of APs has reflected the changing priorities of the criminal justice system - from housing homeless boys convicted of petty offences, providing substitute families for adolescents, training unemployed offenders for work, counselling in therapeutic communities, offering alternatives to custody, and, more recently, providing enhanced supervision in the community. APs are now widely regarded to be at the forefront of efforts to protect the public by reducing reoffending and managing risk of harm.

Approved Premises cater for men and women separately in single sex provision. There are six women only APs in England , of which half are provided and managed by our members in the independent sector.

Our membership provides the following independently managed Approved Premises:

For Men

Cardigan House

84 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 3BF

Hestia Approved Premises

9 Cologne Road, Battersea, London SW11 2AH

Hestia Approved Premises

298 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, London SW16 2QP

Katherine Price Hughes House

28 Highbury Grove, London N5 2EA

Ozanam House
79 Dunholme Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 6XD

St.Christopher’s House

222 Westmorland Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6QX

St John’s
259-263 Hyde Park Road, Leeds LS6 1AG

For Women:

Adelaide House

115 Edge Lane, Liverpool L7 2PF

Elizabeth Fry House

6 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6LQ

Ripon House

63, Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9NZ