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Delivering Mental Health Support to Offenders and Opening up Employment Opportunities

Only 25% of men and 20% of women leave prison with some form of employment in the UK. We heard from Graham Durcan, Associate Director at the Centre for Mental Health, about how Individual Placement and Support (IPS) schemes can help improve employment opportunities for prisoners upon their release.

Reducing Reoffending and Improving Communities Through Rehabilitation Programmes

Reoffending cost the economy approximately £11 billion annually, according to the Centre for Mental Health. In this video Joy Allen, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Police discusses how the Checkpoint Intervention Programme has reduced reoffending rates in Durham. She shares the eligibility criteria Checkpoint uses and strategies to help offenders address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour.

Improving Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies with Staff Training and Community Safety Notices

The police recorded 1.3 million incidents of anti-social behaviour in the year ending March 2022. In this video, Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour at Stockport Homes shares how training staff and using community safety notices has helped reduce costs and improved the handling of anti-social behaviour cases in their housing association.

Drawing on Legislation to Support Local Government in the Fight Against Online Fraud

In this post Dr Lucian Tipi, Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement of the College of Business, Technology and Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, discusses what UK and International legislation is in place to help support local Authorities in tackling online fraud.

Identifying and Working to Support Victims of Cuckooing

Using a Community Safer Grant, Stockport Homes were commissioned to undertake a 16 month pilot project to address the issue of cuckooing in the borough. Liz Smith, Head of Anti-Social Behaviour shares with us how they have supported vulnerable tenants who are victims of cuckooing.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Criminal Behaviour Orders: Insights from ASB Help

Criminal Behaviour orders were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, replacing Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. We heard from Angela Denison, Victim and Partnership Project Manager at ASB help about her own experience of using Criminal Behaviour Orders.

Supporting Victims and Witnesses to Achieve Good Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

In 2020, only 6% of victims were satisfied with their initial contact with the police. Rachel Roberts, Head of the Victim and Witness Care Unit at Surrey Police shared how the Unit has been able to support victims and witnesses at every step through the Criminal Justice System.

In conversation: How the Surrey Checkpoint Programme has helped tackle the reoffending cycle

Breaking the offending cycle is one of the biggest challenges the criminal justice system faces. Organisations need to work together to support and engage with offenders and help prevent them from reoffending. We heard from Craig Jones of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner’s office about how the Checkpoint Programme has helped reduce reoffending rates.

Domestic Abuse: Improving Police Response to Domestic Abuse

In the year ending March 2021, the police recorded nearly 1.5 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes. Roy Wilshire, Lead for Domestic Abuse, HM Inspector of Constabulary and HM Inspector of Fire Services shared the latest findings from the inspection on how police forces have responded to recent cases of violence against women and girls and how the police can improve.

The Community Trigger: Obstacles to Effective Access and Implementation

Out of 195 councils approached by BBC Panorama, 1 in 5 of them had never held a community trigger. ASB Help provides advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour in England and Wales. In this article they discuss obstacles to effective access and implementation of the community trigger.

In Conversation with Dr Lucian Tipi: How can the Public Sector be Better Equipped to Tackle Fraud

It is estimated that fraud and error during the pandemic will end up costing the UK Government between £1.3 and £7.9 billion, due to fraudsters exploiting faults in financial support schemes. We spoke to Dr Lucian Tipi from Sheffield Hallam University about ways that the public sector can strengthen their defences against fraud.

Providing Safe Homes for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on domestic abuse services with 1 in 6 homeless cases registered between April and June 2021 being survivors of domestic abuse. Housing service providers need to find ways to improve services for survivors and to collaborate with partner organisations to provide the best possible support for survivors.

Community Engagement in Local Policing

Community policing is as important today as it has ever been. This article provides insights into the current challenges local forces are facing and the strategies that are in place to tackle them.

National Plans and Guidance for Offender Management

Covid-19 posed a dangerous threat to prisons, with the environment being a perfect breeding ground for the virus. This article examines the governments' immediate response, and the potential long-lasting impacts to offender management.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: A Conversation with Chris Green

The pandemic has caused a sharp increase in violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the UK. We interviewed Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK about the charity’s latest work and his advice on what organisations can do to engage men in tackling VAWG.

A Multi-Agency Hub Approach to Community Regeneration

Copeland, a coastal town in Cumbria has reaped the rewards of a multi-agency approach to community regeneration. This article discusses the multi-agency work in Copeland to tackle anti-social behaviour and to make the town a better place to visit.

Gender-Based Violence: Support for Survivors through Housing and Legal Advice

According to Women’s Aid women experience 35 incidents of domestic violence on average before reporting it to the Police. Ivié Itoje, a Legal Advisor at London’s Black Women’s Project shared the valuable work of the project in helping women out of dangerous circumstances.

Offender Management and Rehabilitation: Substance Misuse ‘Through the Gate’

Reoffending is more likely when drug and alcohol provisions are stopped after custody. Mark Dronfield from Turning Point London discussed the importance of continued support for offenders as they enter the community and shared the work of Turning Point.

Offender Management: Managing Parole and Protecting the Public from Serious Offenders

The Parole Board are an independent body that decide whether prisoners are suitable for release back into the community. We heard from Chair of the Parole Board Caroline Corby. They explored the Parole system and the work that the Board does to support victims of crime.