Senior Attendance Centres (SACs) are a stand-alone punishment intervention for people aged 18 to 24 who have committed a low seriousness offence, such as non-payment of Court fines. They must attend for 12 to 36 hours, with a maximum of three hours per attendance.
The Home Office transferred responsibility for the three SACs in Staffordshire and West Midlands to the SWM Community Rehabilitation Company on 1st August 2014. They are located in Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield and Erdington, Birmingham.
SACs are primarily a punishment through the restriction of liberty in a controlled environment.
The regime also aims to:
- Increase employability;
- Maintain physical and mental health (including being aware of the effects of alcohol and drugs);
- Have successful relationships (including respect for parents/partners; parenting skills and social skills);
- Deal effectively with risky situations (including first aid, risks of carrying weapons and gang culture).
SAC is a requirement that can be added by the Courts to a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order.