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Approved Premises

Approved Premises are premises approved under Section 13 of the Offender Management Act 2007. The term currently applies to 101 premises, providing over 2000 bed spaces, managed either by the National Probation Service or by Independent Organisations.Currently the Independent sector provide 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 has been made a condition of 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.

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 Bail Hostels, leading to the current estate of 101 hostels. 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, and training unemployed offenders for work, to 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 offending and managing risk.

Approved Premises cater for men and women separately in single sex provision.There are a relatively small number of "women only" Approved premises throughout the country. 50% of these are provided and managed by our members in the Independent sector.

Our membership provide the following Independently Managed Approved Premises:

For Men

Ozanam House
79 Dunholme Road Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 6XD

St.Christopher’s House

222 Westmorland Rd Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6QX

Cardigan House
84 Cardigan Road Leeds

St John’s
259-263 Hyde Park Road, Leeds,
West Yorkshire

Katherine Price Hughes House 28, Highbury Grove
N5 2EA

Hestia Approved Premises

298 Leigham Court Road Streatham

London SW16 2QP

Hestia Approved Premises

9 Cologne Road

SW11 2AH

For Women:

Adelaide House

115 Edge Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside

L7 2PF

Ripon House
63, Clarendon Road LEEDS


Elizabeth Fry
6 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire.


Referrals to our Approved Premises must be made via The National Probation Service Referral process



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