Reducing Re-offending

To provide the most effective services to reduce re-offending the CRC, with the Reducing Reoffending Partnership, is working with colleagues in the National Probation Service (NPS), the Prison Service, the Police and the Police and Crime Commissioners as well as Third Sector organisations.

Our caseload

As a result of the changes introduced by the national ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ agenda, the CRC also supervises adult offenders who leave prison after serving a custodial sentence of no more than 12 months.

This group of offenders serving less than a year had not previously been managed when their prison sentence had been completed.

Offender management
The supervision of service users is referred to as offender management, which entails regular sessions with the probation practitioner, who will link in with other CRC teams and outside agencies to ensure that work is progressing to address the offender’s criminal behaviour and attitudes. An important aspect of offender management is regularly monitoring the offender’s level of risk. Risk assessment is a continuous process that requires expertise, training and insight. The offender supervision informs this process.

All risk assessments, subsequent changes and additional information is recorded electronically. This means that all relevant workers involved with the supervision of each offender are kept informed and they can see when the last assessment was made and what the outcomes were.

Partnership working
A significant partnership, referred to as Integrated Offender Management, sees CRC staff working in special teams with other agencies, including the Police and drug treatment providers, to manage and supervise nearly 400 prolific offenders. Many prolific offenders have a history of drug and alcohol abuse and require a multi-agency approach to deal with the often chaotic lifestyles.

Interventions
A key element of probation work involves the intervention work provided by a number of specialist teams including Community Payback, which requires service users to undertake unpaid reparation work to benefit local communities.

A further important intervention is the suite of groupwork programmes delivered by trained facilitators.

The ultimate aim of each programme is to empower offenders to use their new skills to deal in an effective, lawful manner with future problems or certain situations that have played a contributory factor in their past offending.

The current suite of programmes have been evaluated and steadily increased to engage with the main identified offending groups.

Current criminal justice analysis place offenders into six main offending groups:

  • acquisitive to obtain money or possessions
  • motoring
  • substance abuse
  • violence
  • sexual
  • racially motivated.

 

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